Bhanu Kapil was in town from Naropa University and did a performance piece as a red bundle
on the floor. With words from her voice on tape we saw her life as a living body, a body
downed by migration and loss. She shows through the small movement of her body through the
cloth that she is alive and moving but barely so, a human under assault.
The idea of a voice from the body is one that we all need to consider. How would our story
be told from the body? Are you cut off as many are? Would you need to use your body to be
in present time and it would have to be your practice? What words are left out of your
narrative if your body is barely alive? Joyous, liberty, spunk? What verbs are not being
Bhanu has the quality of a writer who writes in a revealed/concealed way where the narrative
takes you along barely allowing you to know the story and yet you respond to it and it
becomes your story along with hers. This is the benefit of having not a full narrative of
logic. This is a voice then that is totally hers and then shared to become “our”.
In counseling the process of being alive or becoming alive after trauma is common. Actually
journal writing helps clarify your concerns. Many find counseling as helpful, journal keeping
as extending the session, and then swimming or walking a way to be in the here and now.
The voice of being is the body, mind and spirit and you can chose to develop the parts of yourself