Particle and Wave: A Conversation
PARTICLE AND WAVE: A CONVERSATION
by Daniel Alexander Jones and Alexis Pauline Gumbs
In a roving, shimmering conversation that took place in May 2021, scholar, poet, and activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs and playwright, songwriter, performance artist, and educator Daniel Alexander Jones discuss love as a foundational principle of artistic practice and societal change. Reflecting on Love Like Light, Daniel Alexander Jones's collection of seven plays and performance texts (published by 53rd State in July 2021), DAJ and APG illuminate the ways in which an attention to care, community, nuance, invitation, perceptual particularities, and embodied conditions can resist the profoundly extractive context in which life is lived and art is made. As they discuss the work of Audre Lorde, Billie Holiday, Beah Richards, Bayard Rustin, and Malcolm X, as well as that of DAJ's grandma Daisy Mae and APG's grandmother, aunt, and niece, DAJ and APG propose that love, like light, suffuses everything, and that love, like light, creates a field in which transformation, justice, healing, and radical beauty are not just possible--they are already, now.
PRAISE FOR PARTICLE & WAVE:
Water and Fire. Shooting Stars and Marine Mammals that fly. Daniel and Alexis. This conversation. An Offering. Murmurs from our collective Souls shimmer and dance in rooted praise of venerated Black Queer Ancestors. Come. Be Lightning. Listen. Respond to their questions/like, "What do you mean when you say you Love?" Feel that. Now twirl with open arms towards the Light.