Click play to listen. Recorded on November 13, 2010.
We all know better than to think in terms of an essential human division: one part body and one part something else. And yet the flat-out wonder of embodiment never loses its edge. It may be illness that brings the lesson home, or parenthood, or physical joy, but the shock is always new again: we find ourselves indissolubly wed to the flesh, whose purposes and bountiful intelligence we can only cloudily recognize as our own. Poet and National Book Award finalist Linda Gregerson explores the resilient intelligence of the body and its fragile, fugitive links to human mortality.
This program is presented in partnership with the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan.