Resisting Normal Rebecca Dosch Brown
Thursday, April 30, 2015 After meeting artists with disabilities and poring over archives at former state hospitals and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, local poet Rebecca Dosch Brown wrote poems in response to past atrocities and to honor all who cannot fit inside that tight box called Normal. She shared and discussed a few of these poems as well as others based on her own family’s experience resisting Normal, and invited attendees from the community to explore how society built the construct of what’s Normal (and what’s not). Her work investigates the historical impact that the concept of Normal has on our society and our daily lives. Hand-printed broadsides of collaborative poems written with Advocating Change Together poets and inspired by portraits painted by Remembering With Dignity program artists were sold to benefit their work to place proper headstones at the graves of 13,000+ people buried anonymously as “numbers” on Minnesota state hospital grounds.