My father’s body in nine drawings

This requiem for her father in nine drawings complements a photo-essay Francesca wrote for Overland entitled My father’s body: creation, evolution and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dad’s mouth, from A little book of breathing and My father's body in nine drawings, 2010 (in the collection of the Queensland State Library).
Dad’s mouth, from A little book of breathing and My father’s body in nine drawings, 2010 (in the collection of the Queensland State Library).

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‘My father is not yet dead. People who knew him say there is a likeness in this drawing. I can still see him breathing, can you? I still feel warmth when I bend to kiss his head in salutation; I feel a pulse through his skull against my lips. I imagine his gaze on me. Hello I hear him say, do I know you?’

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Writing in December 2009, editor Jeff Sparrow asks: Am I committing murder with this writing?

A ‘drawing-essay’ of nine drawings and nine writing fragments. Verity La, 23 September 2010

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