Finding Kin, Making Kin

Salena Barry

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Salena Barry is Jerwood Writer in Residence from July 2022 – December 2022. This is her response to Soojin Chang’s film BXBY, commissioned as part of Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022.


As I ran inland, I whispered, I sang, I yelled, I barked, I howled. All into the void. The Dog God gave no response. Was it still alive?  So I lay still in the grass and let that other ancient relative, the wind, speak. It told me to come here. To the cave, the womb, the darkness, the place where we rest, reimagine, and create anew. I came home, and you spoke to me.