Summer/Fall 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 3/4 New Voices |

The Wig

1. Melanie who lost her hair because of a stone in her uterus, Melanie wears a wig today. I see her fumble with it, fuss with the back wisps, push down the nested skull, the snow scalp of skin. I wonder, will she lose it all? Black scraps of eyebrows, sharp fur of her legs, a dark stream like a fall of pine needles. Will it be a gradual loosening, soft tufts clinging to the imprint of her sleep on the pillow, eyelashes like tea leaves in her morning cup? Or will she awaken shorn bare, red flesh soft, reborn infant over woman bones. 2. Twelve years old. When I stole mother's razor, I had lost my skin to tangled dark. One swipe and shorn earth black curls fell clipped at my feet, swarming down the shower drain. I shaved till I saw drops of red, stung with fat pinpricks. 3. On television tonight, a circus. I watch a woman in a chocolate-brown bodysuit hang by her hair above the mezzanine, propelled by the muscled man's tug on a fat rope. More than

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Alison Stine
Alison Stine is an essayist, poet, novelist, and visual artist. Her most recent fiction book is a novella The Protectors (Little A), and her most recent book of poetry is Wait (University of Wisconsin Press). An NEA Fellow and former Ruth Lilly Fellow, she works as a reporter, and illustrates for The Rumpus.

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