Authors

Ryan A. Bonner '14, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Creative Writing

Date of Creation

Spring 2014

Department

English

Abstract

This memoir investigates the roots of my core anxiety, the incessant but impossible ability to achieve perfection. It is framed by my experience getting a second tattoo, which is a line from T.S. Eliot's modernist poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and ties together both my internal struggle and my affinity for physical pain. This memoir draws a line between the past and the present, seeking to find a connection between struggling with anxiety and engaging in self-mutilation as a source of relief.

Comments

Third place winner of the 2014 Virginia Woolf Essay Prize

This piece was written for Professor Kathryn Rhett's English 305 course: Writing the Memoir, Spring 2014.

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