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Question Like a Face

Question Like a Face
by Christine Hume and Jeff Clark


142 pages / 5 x 7.25 in.
Spiral bound with foil-stamped cover
Design by Elana Schlenker
Image Text Ithaca Press, 2017


$20








Publisher’s Description: 

Question Like A Face
, by Christine Hume and Jeff Clark, is the second in an ITI Press series of pocket-sized, hard-bound, image-text collaborations between a writer and a visual artist. In a powerful foray into prose, poet Christine Hume forces herself to look at gender violence and complicity within the intimate and immediate interiors of a small city in Michigan. Like any tale of power, this one begins with the careless dismissal of a whole life.

Compelled by the constantly defaced and reappearing face of a young black woman shot by a white cop, whose image is affixed to walls around her community, Hume summons her visage as a call to outrage against her own complacency and against the silence surrounding our culture’s unending violence against women, especially women of color. She writes, I am living in a city that proliferates a question like a face. Her face appears and disappears on civic surfaces, her face replaces a blank space; her face replaces the city, piece by piece, claiming it, because her face is half hidden, in the half-light of waiting, half blowing in the wind, half stuck to the present, near a house where my family lives, where a young girl can look at it and think “not me.” A sequence of domestic photographs from police evidence files–hauntingly selected and cropped by Clark, punctuate Hume’s accounts with their simple, familiar violence.



Question Like a Face

Question Like a Face
Question Like a Face
Question Like a Face
 
Question Like A Face by Christine Hume and Jeff Clark Image Text Ithaca Press