May 27, 2021

Keeping Memory Alive: What Can We Do, and Why Does It Matter?

Reyah Martin

PoetryKeeping Memory Alive: What Can We Do, and Why Does It Matter?, 2021

The concept – and the power – of memory has never been more important than it is now. Nor has it ever felt more precious. For many of us, longing to see faraway friends and relatives, it is the thing we have most relied on. We thought back on the good times, the bad times, the times we took for granted, and we took pleasure in remembering, pining for the days when we could make more moments together. Remembrance itself forms so much of our culture, our identity, and of course, our relationships with others. In my work I wanted to explore the connections between each of these themes, and the nuances around how we remember those we love. After all, memories are irreplaceable, and preserving them is an incredibly important process. As individual as it is universal. As flawed as it is fantastic. As painful as it is perfect. So, how can we keep celebrating it? And what can we do when remembrance just isn’t quite enough anymore?