Frozen Charlottes, A SequenceNicole Cooley
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Frozen Charlottes, A Sequence is a work that investigates the rules that govern girls’ bodies and mother/daughter relationships. Frozen Charlottes are tiny dolls, with a strange history, as they were used as insulation in the factories in which they were invented. The doll bodies are nearly always naked, unjointed, with painted hair and faces, and sold by the lot. The dolls and the stories that circulate around them, all about female bodies, desire and shame, are at the center of this cycle of poems.
AN EXCERPT FROM EP 61
“Let’s talk about who hid the dolls in ditches, in dry wall,
in rock foundations. Who shoved their bodies hard
inside a wall to keep a factory warm in winter. Who
Who will find them?
Like survivors after a crash, after a blast,