Elizabeth Zuba

Severed Head In Its Paws

“Of course being in the grip of death is different from being in a death grip: a suffocating grasp

made in panic or fear. The American Red Cross protocol for rescuing a drowning man used to

include knocking the victim unconscious so as to avoid any panic-induced stranglehold and the

potential drowning of both saved and savior. Perhaps being in death’s grip is being drowned by

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