Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Sadako Sasaki

(d. Oct. 25, 1955)

Left behind on a bench at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI.

Quote is a Basho haiku:
A caterpillar
this deep in fall --
still not a butterfly


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Ricky Wilson/Matthew Shepard

(d. Oct. 12, 1985/98)

Left behind in the bushes near the I-95 highway on-ramp, Allens Ave, Providence.
(in tribute to Roy Weber)

Quote is from the film, Philadelphia.
It's the translation of the Umberto Giordano aria "Andrea Chenier"
"Live still, I am life. I am divine. I am oblivion. I am the god that comes from the heavens and makes of the earth a heaven. I am love! I am love."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Edgar Allan Poe

(d. Oct. 7, 1849)

Left behind at the fountain in front of the Providence Athenaeum.

Quote is his last. In a delirious state, Poe called out the name, "Reynolds!" over and over again while held in a prison-like hospital. A man of words, he was reduced to near incomprehension in his last days.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Anne Sexton

(d. Oct. 4, 1974)

Left behind on the gate of the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library after a performance at the Aviary Gallery in homage to the poet.

Quote is from "Letter Written on a Ferry Crossing Long Island Sound"
"I am surprised to see/that the ocean is still going on"