To Grieve


  • Will Daddario Illinois State University



“Your Face”, Rumi

You may be planning departure, as a human soul
leaves the world taking almost all its sweetness
with it. You saddle your horse.

You must be going. Remember you have friends
here as faithful as grass and sky.

Have I failed you? Possibly you're
angry. But remember our nights of conversation,
the well work, yellow roses by ocean,

the longing, the archangel Gabriel
saying So be it. [Finlay], your face,
is what every religion tries to remember.

I've broken through to longing now,
filled with a grief I have felt before,
but never like this.

The center leads to love.
Soul opens the creation core.

Hold on to your particular pain
That too can take you to God.

My work is to carry this love
as comfort for those who long for you,
to go everywhere you've walked
and gaze at the pressed-down dirt.

Pale sunlight,
pale the wall.

Love moves away.
The light changes.

I need more grace
than I thought.

Author Biography

Will Daddario, Illinois State University

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Will Daddario is an active theatre historiographer and performance philosopher. His research on sixteenth century Venetian theatre and performance has been published in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Ecumenica, and several anthologies such as the forthcomingFailure, Representation, and Negative Theatre (eds. Dan Watt and Eve Katsouraki) and Theatre/Performance Historiography: Time Space Matter (eds. Rosemary Bank and Michal Kobialka). Will has co-written two articles with Joanne Zerdy. One appearing in the Spring 2015 edition of Theatre Topics (devoted to Performance Philosophy Pedagogy) and another in the anthology F ood and Theatre on the World Stage (eds. Dorothy Chansky and Ann Folino White). Additionally, his work in the emerging field of Performance Philosophy has led to the compilation of two co-edited anthologies, Manifesto Now! Instructions for Performance, Philosophy, Politics (with Laura Cull, 2013) and Adorno and Perfomance (with Karoline Gritzner, 2014).




How to Cite

Daddario, Will. 2015. “To Grieve”. Performance Philosophy 1 (1):265-81.