A book about the impossibility/possibility of recording memory.
A RECORD OF HOW THE MOTHER’S TEXTILE BECAME SOUND is a lamentation, a memory, a deconstruction and reconstruction of the author’s mother’s life through an examination of the complex multilayered textile/text/sound axis. It is about the impossibility/possibility of recording memory, how daughters are tethered to mothers though root language, how mothers are other to daughters, and how we are on a journey to arrive at the other within the self. It is about continuing to arrive at the other still alive even after the mother dies. Distance is not widened to elimination nor condensed to an implosion; it is at a careful proximity where the other voice that is mother is able to continue to speak. a record of how the mother’s textile became sound explores how text/textile/sound are vehicles for memories—textile perhaps serving as a bridge between text and sound.
“Nader-French presents a formidable tapestry that activates not just an awareness and acceptance of life's opacity, but an insistent recognition that we must understand such illegibility as a vital part of the human experience — perhaps a sacred one. Personal, yes, and global, too; multilingual in story and image stretching into a building clarity. If a mother is “told to shrink,” what can a daughter do but demonstrate her infinite expansion? Read a record of how the mother’s textile became sound and allow yourself into the mind and heart of a writer stitched to the page and threaded beyond — the silence of scars gorgeously accounted for and made “a hum for all things,” an intricate incantation composed as a place “where the sound out of the word unfolds into light.” —Khadijah Queen
Nawal Nader-French is a writer, educator, and editor. Her poems appear in RHINO, Fence, Texas Review, Bayou Magazine and elsewhere. Her manuscript, A Hemmed Remnant was a finalist in the 2018 Ron Sillerman Prize for African Poets by the University of Nebraska Press and also a finalist in the 2018 Brigham Award through Lost Roads. Nawal holds an MFA from Mile-High MFA, is the founding editor-in-chief of Inverted Syntax, and has been an adjunct instructor in Front Range Community College's Department of English. She grew up in Accra, Beirut, and London before immigrating to the United States and landing in Colorado almost thirty years ago.