The Blemish Collector

The following is in response to Carrie Mumford’s essay “The Blemish Colelctor” that I read via Vine Leaves, an online literary journal.

Mumford’s short essay reveals a unique part of herself—instead of lusting over the perfections of people, she indulges in the imperfect features. The wondrous detail in her essay shows her fantasizing over “once-broken collarbones” and “a burn, stretching from elbow to wrist.” The images that she invokes in such a short amount of space is impeccable.

There is nothing that I don’t like about the essay, only that I urge Mumford to expand on it—what flaws are written onto your body that make you unique? When did this obsession start? Is there a scene in that beautiful mind of yours of you with a past lover slavering over his/hers tantalizingly imperfect body? Progressing as a writer, I will ask myself these questions as well.


About evinhughes

I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University. I have a bachelors degree in Information Technology and a bachelors in Writing and Linguistics.
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One Response to The Blemish Collector

  1. Carrie M says:

    Hello Evin,

    Thank you for such a thoughtful review of The Blemish Collector. It’s always nice to meet a fellow writer. I wish you all the best with your writing!



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