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Breath and Precarity

"'Breath and Precarity' grew out of a poem I wrote in the wake of the murder of Eric Garner, a poem in the 'Mu' series called 'The Overghost Ourkestra’s Next.' Variations on the line or idea that 'no matter we couldn’t breathe, we blew' occurred or came to me as I thought about the approach to breath and breathing taken by black horn players. I thought about it in relation to the cutting off of breath, specifically black breath, of which the killing of Garner was yet another horrid instance. I heard the way these horn players have with breath as an artistic othering of the asthmatic conditions imposed on black folk, the asphyxiations imposed on black life, an othering in which the intentness

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