Ana Lessing Menjibar
(Int)eruption. The Idea of a Second Heart
Inside the womb, we already start to hear at the age of 4 months. We hear the sounds of our mother’s body, the pumping of her blood, the tide of her breath, the murmur of her bowels, her heartbeat. We feel them vibrating through our entire body. Once we become one single body in the outside world, the first thing we miss is rhythm. The rhythm of a second body. Then we grow into our own inner multitude of rhythms, orchestrating the rhythms of our walking, dancing, speaking, laughing. Our own rhythms constantly collide with those of the outside world, of spaces we inhabit, of our relationships and politics. We coexist with them and tune our bodies to them. And sometimes, those rhythms clash.