Part Two of an essay that came about through a recent BC Library Association Conference panel I participated in with Aislinn Hunter, Valerie Patrick, and Meghan Savage, titled “Reading for Change: how reading leads to action”:
- Part 1: Discovery
Part Two : The Information
incantation: reading for change: the document as witness (a repetition)
- table of contents, Charles Reznikoff, Holocaust
- first lines, Narita: hymnal-acro-nym, children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions, 2013)
- extemporaneous & textual: selected fragments: Senate Select Committee on intelligence, UNCLASSIFIED: Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, foreward by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein, Findings and Conclusions, Executive Summary, Declassified Revisions, December 3, 2014.
- extemporaneous & textual: selected fragments Parole Board of Canada, Fact Sheet, Statutory Release and the Parole Board of Canada, PDF (296 Kb); “Inderjit Singh Reyat, Air india bomb-maker, gets out 30 years later, Terry Milewski, CBC News, posted: Jan 27, 2016 2:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 27, 2016 2:00AM
- inscription, “The Present is a time within us”: fourth season, in the year of the reign 2014” from THOT-J-BAP, a long poem
in the Archive of memory: the text as material
- Charles Reznikoff, Holocaust and Testimony;
- Robert Fisk; Samantha Powers;
- Adam Rothschild, King Leopold’s Ghost;
- M. Nourbese Philip’s Zong.
- Snow leaks/Wikipedia;
- Rebecca Schneider, Performing Remains: Art and war in the times of theatrical reenactment
- Diane Purvey/John Belshaw, Private Grief/Public Mourning: The rise of the roadside shrine in B.C
- Adonis, Chronique des Branches, epigraph, beginning, “Since John the Baptist, each of us carries our head cut on a platter, waiting for rebirth” (my translation).
- Austerlitz: W.G. Sebald ~ (finally)
- Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northup.
- Four Quartets: T.S. Eliot (Little Gidding): again and again.
- Documents and articles: Arts of the Contact Zone, Mary Louise Pratt. Can the subaltern speak, Gayatri Spivak. A wilfulness archive, Sara Ahmed.
The dart of my story stings: from M.NorbeSe Philip, Zong!
reading language as material,
experience, as gesture.
Cadence, a call to action.
Stillness/movement. That twenty foot table, I dream of it.
: — (his) music, (his) arrangement of gesture, (his) image.
My words, my dead—their voices, the singers/musicians.
Always we are in rehearsal.
the long slow impact–
of reading slant, non-directional
praxis: against description, against the literal, except when necessary, by any means necessary ~ about invention, imagination, witness, observation. And so, begin: Narita, hymnal-acronym