It was your week to have the head — bisque
effigy, right side of the bed where in
evenings you shut your eyes, blue as two which
you lie beside — human not porcelain
seen each place where you have been. Tonight
those flutter, close, clinched tight while you await
communion, coquettish night, full of fright,
not quite alone — mate you clutch, painted face,
this week, you own. An adventuress mid-
night in trees, roaming towards a berceuse
of bees without flurry, wings. What is hid
inside black, buzzing pines your strained eyes peruse
neither swarm — face aphid, human instead
whose boyish eyes apprise an offered head.
Bisque Effigy is a sonnet from the forthcoming collection Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream. Flutter is a hybrid full-length poetry collection of sonnets with prose annotations telling the story of Sylvia Dandridge, a teenage girl in 1883 dying of scarlet fever. Sylvia’s world is limited by her feverish nature but expansive in her blooming mind and populated even with romance (a boyish bee demon) and offspring she will never have (the lemon tree foundling twins). Bisque Effigy is the story of Fiona, one of the imaginary foundlings who decides to take off on her first solo adventure into a midnight woods. For comfort, she brings the porcelain head of Agatha, Sylvia Dandridge’s doll remains and encounters the boyish bee demon with the power of blooming any living head into a flower with a kiss. He always sees a head as an offering.
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of thirteen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House (Maverick Duck Press), Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), the forthcoming Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press) and The Meadow (APEP Publications). Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website http://kristingarth.com