“Black Hole,” emerged after I finally took the bold step to leave an 18-year marriage embroiled in domestic violence. After the initial separation, whenever I felt the tugs of uncertainty, as to whether I had made the best decision, I would look once again at a large hole that my then-husband had punched into our bedroom wall. I chose to keep the hole there for several months before filling it in, as I began my recovery. Eventually, I also composed a pastel drawing to illustrate the poem; the artwork and poem were hung in a small gallery show along with works by other survivors of domestic violence.



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