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The Poetry of Everyday LifeStorytelling and the Art of Awareness$
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Steve Zeitlin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702358

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702358.001.0001

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Your Body as Symbol

Your Body as Symbol

Written in Ash

(p.168) 16 Your Body as Symbol
The Poetry of Everyday Life

Steve Zeitlin

Cornell University Press

This chapter argues that the poetry of everyday life is all about the use of symbols, that the decisions we make about what to do with our own dead bodies symbolize how we have viewed our lives. We become our own memorabilia. The chapter considers the trend towards cremation in America and the creative ways of dispersing the ashes. Dick Falk, a well known PR man who worked with Barbra Streisand in her early years, ran a side business of scattering people's ashes over Manhattan in the 1950s and 1960s. He would pour the ashes from the crematorium's metal box or plain brown packaging to a more easily managed container.

Keywords:   poetry, everyday life, symbols, dead bodies, cremation, ashes, Dick Falk

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