Perhaps the world ends here, so I’ll talk about it. An imaginary conversation between Serhiy Zhadan and Joy Harjo


Perhaps the World Ends Here, So I’ll Talk About It

JOY HARJO: The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.
SERHIY ZHADAN: Everything started with music, with scars left by songs
HARJO: The gifts of earth are brought and prepared,
ZHADAN: heard at fall weddings with other kids my age.
HARJO: set on the table.
ZHADAN: The adults who made music. Adulthood defined by this–the ability to play music. As if some new note, responsible for happiness, appears in the voice.
HARJO: So it has been since creation, and it will go on.

From “Perhaps the World Ends Here” by Joy Harjo and “So I’ll Talk About It” by Serhiy Zhadan.