Friday, February 25, 2011

Challenging Categories & Movement of Mind, But Grief: Akilah Oliver

The exploration of grief--as choking, as being rendered silent by death, "the body as holder of a terrorizing silence" as a sort of default space. "What happens when there is no public space for grief?" she asks in a book that's influenced so many of us, A Toast in the House of Friends. I've come back to it recently, in my own paradoxical and contradictory grieving gestures this year. And again at PennSound, these sound files, including the Segue recordings I quote from above, registering this conversation just now in relation to her friends and family, who I am at moment thinking about. Hear  here.

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