This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Solstice Black, is from The Damage Done by Susana H. Case, released by Broadstone Books in 2022.
A Tootsie Roll with arms, the detective calls Janey now that they’ve ID’d her. She’s skinny with a single name, like Twiggy; a Vogue spread and being dead warrant consideration by the tabloids, a close-up of her face that’s not a death mask, a point of view that tsk tsks, Here’s a sorry chick who couldn’t hack the good life. She’s pretty, angles like knife blades, torso straight, like a boy’s. In the largest image, Janey looks untroubled and is running in a bold-patterned dress past a bridge, debris in soft focus piled off by the side. The detective laughs about it later with his buddies, a strange photo to sell clothes you can’t even clearly see. Surrounded by rubble. Painted-on eyelashes—as if she’s a child’s doll— she looks as if she could blow away. Part of her did.