To smoke a wasp's nest
This manuscript centers on destroying wasps' nests as a central metaphor for a kind of exorcism of a deep-seated grief. Grief for a time and place in a family's history, for the traumas they experienced that left long-lasting wounds, and for the loss of a matriarch—who loomed so large as what felt archetypally "mother". In many ways, this is an elegy for a mother who can never be—a permanent, vast mother able to carry and hold us and all of the grief of being a person in the world, as we were once held as children. It's an elegy for the knowledge that there is no such mother, and inevitably, we ...
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