Speaking Through Silences, Writing Against Silence
My mother does not need to utter a word when she is angry. As my older sister claims, her silence is more eloquent than a press conference. Her disapproval translates into a stone-dead silence that we, her children, have learned to read quickly. It is a special brand of silence; it is the silence of words that remain unspoken but hang in the air, thick and substantial, drenched with meaning. It is a silence patiently cultivated within Southern Italian culture, the inheritance of subjugation and oppression.
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