All posts tagged: Guernica Magazine

“Purdah I” by Imtiaz Dharker.

Purdah I by Imtiaz Dharker. One day they said she was old enough to learn some shame. She found it came quite naturally. Purdah is a kind of safety. The body finds a place to hide. The cloth fans out against the skin much like the earth that falls on coffins after they put dead men in. People she has known stand up, sit down as they have always done. But they make different angles in the light, their eyes aslant, a little sly. She half-remembers things from someone else’s life, perhaps from yours , or mine – carefully carrying what we do not own: between the thighs, a sense of sin. We sit still , letting the cloth grow a little closer to our skin. A light filters inward through our bodies’ walls. Voices speak inside us, echoeing in the spaces we have just left. She stands outside herself, sometimes in all four corners of a room. Wherever she goes , she is always inching past herself, as if she were a clod of …

Torture of Women, by Nancy Spero, reviewed at Guernica Magazine.

. . Torture of Women , Nancy Spero. Publ 2010, Siglio Press. The latest edition of Guernica Magazine includes a review of the Spring 2010 publication  of Torture of Women  by Nancy Spero. I am linking this review at the bottom of this small piece, along with a link to the publication notes. There is a Nancy Spero image on the site already, accompanying another piece. It is from the 1976 series of Torture of Women , based on the 125 ft piece by Spero. This Spring 2010 , Siglio Press published the work  in book form in a 126 page cloth bound edition which is reviewed at link by Guernica Magazine. “With an essay “Fourteen Meditations of Torture of Women by Nancy Spero” by Diana Nemiroff; “Symmetries,” a story by Luisa Valenzuela; and an excerpt from The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World by Elaine Scarry. ” (from the Siglio Site) The Guernica Magazine slide show opens with references to Pinochet, a byword in torture and repression . It interests me greatly as a writer that the names of the disappeared get …