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Death and Photography

The Irretrievable Body Before I turn to photographs of death, I want to evoke a different form of imaging or imagining resurrection, that of poetry. By bringing the concept of Christ's crucifixion together with the grim spectacle of lynching contemporary with her post-reconstruction experience, Angelina Weld Grimke (named for her aunt, the abolitionist agitator Angelina Grimke Weld) sought to relocate the capacity for joy that seemed eradicated by deaths among the "wistful sounds of leaves." Trees God made them very beautiful, the trees: He spoke and gnarled of bole or silken sleek They grew; majestic bowed or very meek; Huge-bodied, slim; sedate and full of glees. And He had pleasure deep in all of these. And to them soft and little tongues to speak Of Him to us, He gave wherefore they seek From dawn to dawn to bring unto our knees. Yet here amid the wistful sounds of leaves, A black-hued grewsome something swings and swings; Laughter it knew and joy in little things Till man's hate ended all. -And so man weaves. And God, how slow, how very slow weaves H e — Was Christ Himself not nailed to a tree? In presenting the crime of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art Duke University Press

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