Tales from the Other Side of Language
The catastrophe of losing language is told by a lover of observation willing to dig deep into essential memories of self. The author tells the tender, sometimes horrifying present lived without language, visions of an uncertain future, and unexpected creativity from the chaos. To speak at all was to locate the fewest words to express anything. Returning to language and writing the author uses spare sensory language in vivid touching ways to evoke her experiences for the reader. Non-verbal languages are surprising and transformative parts of her journey through art, music, body practices, and mysticism.