The police investigators kept boxes of index cards on individuals and groups. Card after card, typed, sometimes marked with a pen. This indexing informs “She Had Her Own Reason for Participating,” a poem sledghammered into copper index cards that comprise a drawer in a plinth Garrick built, currently in the Antena Exhibition at the Blaffer Art Gallery in Houston, Texas.
“My recollection of the factory and my mother’s exhaustion are vivid,” writes Cathy Scheirman in “Piecework,” a short memoir in Lavinia Press, a tabloid newspaper published by the Women’s Night Watch in 1979. This bilingual (Spanish and English) issue was devoted to the theme of fashion, and included articles on kimonos; workplace discrimination on cultural expression; appropriation of cultural styles; thrift-store shopping; and a discussion of courtroom attire (“For women in the courtroom, it is more difficult to know how to dress. The decorum of the courtroom calls for a fairly formal style of dress, which means conforming to sex-stereotyped and class-stereotyped conventions”).