"Memory is a tough place."

— Rankine, Claudia (b. 1963)

Place of Publication
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Graywolf Press
"Memory is a tough place."
Metaphor in Context
Memory is a tough place. You were there. If this is not the truth, it is also not a lie. There are benefits to being without nostalgia. Certainly nostalgia and being without nostalgia relieve the past. Sitting here, there are no memories to remember, just the ball going back and forth. Shored up by this external net, the problem is not one of a lack of memories; the problem is simply a lack, a lack before, during, and after. The chin and your cheek fit into the palm of your hand. Feeling better? The ball isn't being returned. Someone is approaching the umpire. Someone is upset now.
(p. 64)
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2014).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.