Workshop with Aisha Sasha John
Saturday, September 28th, 2019—12:15pm
“The wound returns in ritual guise” is the title of a poem from my second book THOU (Book*hug 2014). This poem’s title and many of its lines I culled from a book about the social and spiritual ecology of Gnawa music and ceremony. I’ll list some of these lines here as they provide context for this workshop: “The wound returns in ritual guise.” “The ceremony gives the wound a voice.” “The need for ceremony, perennial. The initial wound, indelible.” “The wound defines community.”*
This workshop, like every workshop, is a temporary community. It is one in which the wound will be given voice. I hope for it to be an occasion of alchemy. We will bring our voices together in recitation, and in call and response. We’ll speak our own names—simultaneously, and we’ll listen to music together, and move, in unison, closely, wildly even, and we’ll be the version of ourselves that a just togetherness supports, a togetherness in which the grief of Black living is put center, is spoken, is permitted song. I imagine our shoulders touching. I hope for an entranced togetherness.
*Deborah Kapchan, Traveling Spirit Masters: Moroccan Gnawa Trance and Music in the Global Marketplace (Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2007): 34.
Space is limited and registration is required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this workshop.