“I Remember You” by Bjork

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By the time you finish reading this sentence, 12 people will have died and 24 will have been born. By paragraph’s end, one will have committed suicide. The average person checks their device 85 times a day. In a world that feels at once frantically fleeting and overstuffed with possibilities, the odd beauty of YouTube is that it uses new technology to save old things. I love Björk’s remake of “I Remember You” for its enactment of this seemingly contradictory process. A living woman sings a song written and sung by dead people. She, with her relatively young face, transforms the original singer’s you into her own; the song becomes about her memory. Yet even as she makes the old song new, she preserves it for us—the melody, the lyrics, our curiosity about its origins and iterations. This act of salvage and transformation is beautiful to me. It’s why I write.

-Jennifer Tseng

??????????????????????Jennifer Tseng‘s collection Not so dear Jenny, poems made with her Chinese father’s English letters, won Bateau Press’s 2016 Boom Chapbook Contest and her chapbook The Passion of Woo & Isolde & Other Stories was selected by Amelia Gray as winner of Rose Metal Press’s 2016 Short Short Chapbook Contest and will be released in August 2017. She teaches for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, FAWC’s online writing program 24PearlSt, and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing.

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