What would it be like to think language and place in the same breath? To discover place by creating it through the pleasure of words. Or to lose place, suffering dislocation as one loses language. Then, finding one’s way through language, a sustenance scarcely to be believed.
Losing place. One speaks of losing one’s place in a book, missing a line, missing a beat while reading. But place? How might it be possible to lose that?
As a child, moving from one country to the other and back again, across the dark stretch of the Indian Ocean, I often felt I had lost place. A house with…This post is in: Artists Collaborate with Neurologists,Journal of Neuro-Aesthetic Theory #2 (2000-02)