I wonder if I'll recognize it

December 2018

This 8-page essay is a very very close reading of short passage on page 135 of Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts.

“As the baby might say to its mother, we might say to death:
I forget you, but you remember me.
I wonder if I'll recognize it, when I see it again."

I move through the passage piece by piece, analyzing every word and associating out to other relevant moments in the book. I think the argument I arrive at is that a queer relatinship to death is a continual one.

Written as a final for Tobias Wray's Queer Literature.

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