Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

The History I'm Living in Right Now!

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

The History I'm Living in Right Now!

Article excerpt

I was at a gallery in Europe where part of the exhibit required the corners

of a room be removed.

The room was located in the middle of history.

Like there was one history that could happen to you in this room.

A constant history, like when a sculptor is cupping more clay onto your

body,

so the underneath part of you starts to feel like an artifact.

But all you can think is what would it possibly mean if a part of your body

was dug up out of your body?

And someone was saying, "Look. This was a part of your body!"

The gallery was showing the model of a city submerged and then periodi-

cally risen from the depths

so the water could cascade down the sides of buildings

and completely drench the models of fully grown trees.

Somewhere in that city is a model of you. With two pieces of coal for your

eyes.

Were just about to meet. But, then, were always about to meet, which is

very exciting for the sculpture. …

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