Mar/Apr 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 2 |

With the Moths’ Eyes

The title of this work originally appears in Virginia Woolf’s essay “On Being Ill.” Foreword. In the summer of 2014, I tore most of the muscles from my right shoulder to my lower back. After two months, the muscle tissue still had not healed. Doctors could not provide an explanation. As it turned out, I would remain bed-bound for the next six months, that is, until an estranged family friend came to visit and recognised my symptoms as those of an undiagnosed dietary condition. Untreated, the condition causes the body to slowly waste. The process is similar to that of gradual poisoning. As a side effect of the accident—one that I still cannot explain—I lost the ability to speak or read. At first, I stuttered, then later, I simply remained silent. As for reading, I could manage a line, but any more and I would feel nauseous, something akin to a migraine. During those six months, I slept, took painkillers, and visited different medical departments where I was usually told

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Initially specializing in body theory, phenomenology, and visual arts scholarship, Lars Horn holds MAs from the University of Edinburgh, the École normale supérieure, Paris, and Concordia University, Montreal. Horn’s writing explores the body as experiential site and considers how the plastic arts might be brought to bear upon narrative form, causality, and content. In 2016, Horn translated the publication “Ateliers & Studios” for the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. A poetry finalist in the Summer Literary Seminar Contest (2018) and the Malahat Review’s Open Season Contest (2017), their work has appeared in New Writing Scotland, Gutter Magazine, and elsewhere.

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