Juste une fable n° 16
for troy davis
(killed in georgia, 11:08 pm, september 21, 2011)
a visible writing in the night.
or rather, letters that i was unleashing from my mouth (not as in a cartoon bubble, but monuments of molten lava that would finally stand up firm as columns), maybe oracular, but mine all the same, because i pronounced them, proclaimed them, and let them come out.
and the reason you could do that, with no squeamishness, no doubt?
from now on they would have a function. stand against time, against death.
planned, first and foremost?
yes, death, at an appointed hour, as punishment under the law, death that is scheduled
Mary Shaw est professeure de littérature française des dix-neuvième et vingtième siècles à l'Université de Rutgers (New Jersey). Outre ses travaux universitaires, elle a publié deux livres pour enfants ainsi qu'un recueil de poésie intitulé Album Without Pictures (2008).