dangerous compassions

I call you / from the comet's cradle

Saturday, May 10, 2008

quick question

Do you know in the song "Seven Swans" by Sufjan Stevens the line "She took her purse to the bed"? Do you have a reading of that line? Erik has the idea that she (Mom) is taking her purse to the bed in order to kill herself--she's going to swallow some pills that are in the purse. He thinks this because "She took her purse to the bed" follows "My father burned into coal."

I think Erik is being really pessimistic about that line, but maybe he's right. I have no idea why she might be taking her purse to the bed. Maybe you have thought about this.


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