Academic journal article Chicago Review

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Academic journal article Chicago Review

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A man pressed the gun hard against my temple. I could feel his intent. And I heard the women telling the men what to do. The worst was the one man who was there always, just breathing. This, for me, was the most frightening thing. After the performance, I have one streak of white hair on my head. I cannot get rid of the feeling of fear for a long time.

-Marina Abramović, interviewed in The Observer in 2010

Call me what I am. Call me

the animal on the altar with the

apple of its life in its mouth, then

choose a knife. The kitchen one.

Play my neck with its cooking edge.

When my skin sings, meet me

with your lips-use the district of

the tongue that speaks salt. Taste copper.

Think communion. Think loose change,

lost baby teeth, lost fights. Count it all

joy. Call the taste acquired. Bless the mettle

in me: What a woman. What a will of iron

to bear six hours of this-as if for all mankind. …

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