and for too long after by Ellie White
Marrying poetry and memoir, and for too long after tells the story of a woman making peace with her past. The narrative begins with two sisters in a diner, the eldest discovering her first gray hair. The gray hair spurs a series of poems and stories by the narrator, a woman who never expected to see her adult years due to a lifelong battle with mental illness.
Through White's words, we witness trauma resulting from a father's addiction, a mother's explosive temper, and her own sexual trauma. As the threads of the narrative come together, we are left asking, "Can one move beyond a haunted past to embrace a fruitful future?"
Publication Date: December 31, 2019