Group Portrait 1244403.

Author:Olstein, Lisa
Position:A Scholarly and Literary Symposium

The archival body has a complicated history with numbers. Numbers themselves are a kind of archive. History is a kind of body. Bodiless, memory archives architected time. Early on, maybe, a robin. Later, perhaps, a rabbit. Out of order, she fell in love with a boy some twenty years too early or late. "I'll howl like a wolf, you howl like a coyote," the boy said, "so we can find each other in the thick woods." Despite all appearances to the contrary, the archive has few rules. Presence stands in for absence. Darkness stands in for light. Shape stands in for body. Posture stands in for erudition, assimilation; dog stands in for leisure, morsel for delight. A silhouette is the shadow's...

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