A Dazzling Tale of Two Teeth

Tracy Lynn Hardin

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
A Dazzling Tale of Two Teeth

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The author, incarcerated in Iowa, tells in this chapter the absurdist saga of dental misery inside her prison cell. She states that she had always been a freak about teeth. The first year she entered prison, she had a lot of problems. One of them was sleeping. She could not sleep at night because she was haunted by too many nightmares. One night, she had a particularly dreadful nightmare. She dreamed that her ex-husband was chasing her down the street. She woke up to the sound of her face hitting the tile. As she fought in her sleep and got up to run from her ex-husband, she dive-bombed from the top bunk landing onto her face. It felt as if her face had cracked in half, and she felt her two front teeth break and shatter. She was taken to the dental department in handcuffs and chains, and the dentists had to patch up her two front teeth. That was when her agony started.

Keywords: teeth; nightmares; prison; dentists; ex-husband

Chapter.  3237 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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