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Friday, November 17, 2017

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November 17, 2017
 

Given to Rust

 
Vievee Francis
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About This Poem

 

"There are few things worse than being silenced, than having one's voice stifled. In my twenties I lost my singing voice to cancer. Now, the spoken word, conversation, vocalization itself is vital and deeply personal to me, and as much a part of my understanding of self and being as inscription. There are those who cannot stand to hear the truth and are willing to allow harm to not have to listen. I have known such people, and even held them close. But in this poem I hope to convey the consequences of silencing can be dire. And I mean to be heard one way or another, no matter the cost."
—Vievee Francis

 

Vievee Francis is the author of Forest Primeval (TriQuarterly Books, 2015). She serves as an associate editor for Callaloo and is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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Forest Primeval

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"Given to Rust" by Vievee Francis





 
 
 


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