self expression, is it art: the things we carry

about joy, about heart-ache; about burdens, the every-day kind

about silence, about being silenced, about speaking up

about the stories not told, not recorded, not in the archive. About the Official Record.

about transmutation from body-hurt, body-feeling, to the made thing

about perseverance as resistance

post-script: that moment after reading Robert Hayden, this past Sunday@Project Space: the writer, Cynthia Flood, took hold my hand; the poet, Daniela Elza, her hands on my shoulder; my husby–

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