"Belly: There was extra room there for a while, in case he wanted to come back, I suppose. Now there’s just a subtle roundness, like the ghost of a pregnancy haunting my old dresses and t-shirts. Now, the belly is for laughing. The belly button, an unblinking eye. He puts his hand there as if to say, mine. I put my finger on his own. I gave him this scar, a present to take with him into the world, to remind him of a time when he needed me long after he doesn’t anymore."
— The Post-Pregnancy Body by Aubrey Hirsch (via therumpus)
"With the tragedy thing, once I became historically aware, I realized there are these formative moments of history tied around tragedy and disaster and sacrifice, that led people to survive and take stock and move on with some kind of notion of betterment. So whenever I went to an historical moment that was sad or where something terrible happened, it was, for me, a learning moment, a teaching moment for those who survived. And then there’s a moment to remember those who died or sacrificed for us to carry on."
— The Rumpus Interview with Fred D’Aguiar (via therumpus)
(Source: therumpus.net, via therumpus)