invisible-i-am by Gregg Davis
Publication date: August 18th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
An experimental, literary YA multimedia narrative centered on the experiences of 16-year-old Gregg Davis, who undergoes brutal bullying and sexual violence by her peers. Spanning the mediums of the printed page, online social media and the screen, this story offers a wrenching, empathetic look at the experience of bullying through a victim’s eyes, and then extends this theme of oppression, humiliation and violence to address issues of historical and systemic racism in the U.S. today. A picture book.
Read Chapter One for free at invisible-i-am.com.
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The advice began flowing later in the afternoon.
“I must say, Jack’s behavior disappointed me.’ my grandmother seemed to be waiting for me when i wandered out to the wrap-around porch. She knew him from previous visits. “Are you glad your father arranged the confrontation?”
i settled into the rocking chair next to her.
“No. Yes. Sordid details. Mom dropping the charade of normalcy. The Fontaine angle still rocks me. But, my therapist says, a good life lesson. Maybe. Still can’t believe Jack dumped me. We were supposed to be together forever.”
“An illusion,” she offered.
“My heart was broken once.”
“Like anyone would dare,” i cracked, enjoying her company.
“Wouldn’t happen now.”
“Why? What’s the secret?”
“Accepting the world as it is rather than as you want it to be.” The rocking chairs creaked as she paused to enjoy the Carolina spring. “It’s all the same. You are loved. You are unloved. In the end, you have to be true to who you are. Men are peripheral. Pleasant to be sure. Needed for procreation and a balance in perspective. But who you are as a woman is separate from whether or not a man loves you.”
Never knew the true definition of profound before. Never looked at life from this perspective. Men, a luxury? An enhancement to life rather than central to existence?
“My point, Gregg,” she explained, “is men come and go. You get to choose which ones matter, who shares your nest and when. Remember. You choose.”
Not swept away by love unless we choose to go there? We get to pick who we bring close? That concept deserves consideration by all women. Vennie’s assertion, that we rule our emotions, not the other way around. The primordial infighting between women for the alpha male, an optional battle. i was not my relationship with Jack. i could let him go without losing me.
Harriet Showman (born 9 May 1954) is an author and multimedia artist born in South Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania. She returned to South Carolina for university and lives there today. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in colonial South Carolina history and has spent much of her life helping children and young adults succeed amidst challenging circumstances, including poverty and abuse. With a strong core of allies, Showman helped to establish a statewide Guardian ad Litem program to provide legal support for abused children; a Cities in Schools organization to serve underprivileged students; and a vehicle for the accumulation of monies to be distributed in grants through the Children’s Trust Fund. As a development officer for South Carolina’s flagship university, Showman attracted resources from major, national foundations to target South Carolina’s most urgent needs. She remains interested in the plight of children, teens and adults who suffer abuse, oppression and the paralyzing pain of invisibility.