New story on

June 29, 2011

A young girl attends a new school, bullied by three boys. Saved by the bell she flees, shadowed by giant bows, into the garden of a nunnery where a pre-teen drama unfolds under the cursed symbolism of virginal grace.

‘Haarpijn’ (Hair pain) is written on invitation by De Revisor, magazine for Dutch literature, and was inspired by the poem ‘Pigtail’, written in 1948 by the Polish poet Tadeusz Różewicz and created by sweeping through autobiographical childhood memories.

Bowing, 2011
Bowing (lino, 2011, Emily Kocken)