“What are the limits of the body?”

is a question that Akilah Oliver asked in a poetry workshop during the 2007 Summer Writing Program at Naropa University.

After Akilah's untimely death in early 2011, I returned to my notebook from that summer and rediscovered this question. During the two years following Akilah’s death, I asked hundreds of people this question. The responses varied. Some were profound and some were profane. Some responses were intensely vulnerable. Sometimes responses were silent. I took hours and hours of footage, from which this thirteen-minute video emerged. I think of it as an archive of our ephemeral bodies.

HR Hegnauer
October 2014
Denver, Colorado

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