Time Lived, without Its Flow

Denise Riley’s haunting essay deals with the death of her son Jacob, also the subject of her poem ‘A Part Song’, published in the LRB earlier this year. ‘I’ll not be writing about death, but about an altered condition of life’, she writes. ‘The experience that not only preoccupied but occupied me was of living in suddenly arrested time: that acute sensation of being cut off from any temporal flow that can grip you after the sudden death of your child. And a child, it seems, of any age.’

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