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Meredith Wise Loves Hopkins so Much She Went Bald

I love me some Gerald Manley Hopkins. Check out this piece at the great Dappled Things:

Freshman year, I cut my hair after reading Hopkins. A girl had knocked on my door, interrupting my reading just as my eyes fell on the word “lovelocks,” and asked me if I would donate my hair to the cancer charity Locks of Love. My palms prickled. The poem was “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo,” with its solace for the despair of a young girl afraid of losing her beauty: “Give beauty back,” it says, “back to God, beauty’s self and beauty’s giver.” As for those lovelocks: the girl is supposed to “Resign them, sign them, seal them, send them”—too perfect! I signed my name on the clipboard, and later another girl cut off my waist-length hair in her dorm room. I left lightheaded and shaken and grateful.
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