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November 15, 2006

Bhanu Kapil Reading from The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers

Recorded on October 9,  2006.
Ross Craig, Sound Engineer.

In “thinking about who I was when I wrote this book”, Bhanu reads from her notebook by way of a detailed introduction;

I was still dreaming/fulfilling the break.   Preprostheses, pre-healing, pre-everything.

That’s when I invented this form. A sacred space for voices. I interpolated them into and through my own documents, my own poems, my own answers. It was an intuitive decision. There are about 10 or more notebooks that I have at home that contain the dense, complete answers, the descriptions of the women, where I met them and so forth. The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers contains words, lines, sentences, fragments, stories, phonemes and images taken from those notebooks.  I think of them as red threads I tied on to my coat, its hem and buttons. I have done this for years and years. Come upon a scrap of red wool or cotton on the sidewalk and tied it onto whatever I am wearing.

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Purchase Vertical Interrogation of Strangers from Kelsey Street Press.