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A Generation's Worth

Spirit work while the crisis reigns
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Orphan Wisdom
 | 
August, 2021
ISBN:
9780993714252
Quantity: 
7
$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

A Generation’s Worth started out as a bit of stenography, transcribing a quartet of livestream sessions. Those notes met the realities of covid 19, the lockdowns and upheavals, and turned into something of a plague document. The book’s entries are dated, and chronologically rendered, and read as dispatches from the front lines of a strange occupation undeclared. What does a life’s work mean in a time of undoing? A Generation’s Worth sets out to learn liveable answers. Dying and death, love and matrimony, money and soul, aging and elderhood, drawn through the eye of a pestilential needle: this is the spirit work, and that is the crisis.

I have seen enough of my death to take it seriously, to believe in it. It is a shade upon my remaining days. I’ve had to translate what ‘not dead yet’ means. I’ve done so by trying to figure out what being alive asks of me, given the temporary assurances… There’s just the work of playing out my end of the grace time I’m in. This is what I’m doing with it. That’s a decision you can make now, as an ordinary citizen in an extraordinary time of vanished, vanquished safety.

Gregory Hoskins, Jenkinson’s Nights of Grief & Mystery project partner, writes: “This book is the kind of cairn you come upon on a road you’ve not traveled before: heavy evidence of someone having been through before you, and gone now, but with the presence of mind to leave a marker with no name place, from materials at hand, that will withstand most weather, equal parts comfort and mystery.”

Jenkinson ends the book with this:

Here’s my p.s. on the matter of elderhood while the crisis reigns. There is a cloud of merciless unknowing rising now. The isolation forced upon the human world over the last year has clarified things egregiously, and we are truly living out the unmeant consequences of our choices. The crisis has collapsed the old order of self-determination. So, there is a regime of mental distress coming. It will gather and it will manifest after the all-clear signal is given, when we’re told it’s safe enough to come out to play…

 

Many of us will have lost track of ‘normal’, will mistrust what normal will do to our memories of acute isolation and the beggaring of self-determination. Many of us will have seen things in ourselves or our close kin or our friends that we won’t be able to look away from, that will be at least as bad as the confinement was. And we won’t believe what it’s done to how we see things, what we seem capable of. Or worse: the rest of the parade will go on as if the whole thing was no big deal.

 

The elders, those of them left, will need to show us over and over what ‘deepened by diminishment’ looks like. They’ll be the front-line workers of the armistice, the essential workers of the all-clear.

Publisher’s Description: 

A Generation’s Worth started out as a bit of stenography, transcribing a quartet of livestream sessions. Those notes met the realities of covid 19, the lockdowns and upheavals, and turned into something of a plague document. The book’s entries are dated, and chronologically rendered, and read as dispatches from the front lines of a strange occupation undeclared. What does a life’s work mean in a time of undoing? A Generation’s Worth sets out to learn liveable answers. Dying and death, love and matrimony, money and soul, aging and elderhood, drawn through the eye of a pestilential needle: this is the spirit work, and that is the crisis.

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