In this autoethnographic essay, I consider how my body is placed, both by my own and others' labor. I track how my body is placed by position, established in time and space, made of use, and defi ned in relation to others. My desire in doing so is to examine how my body communicates nonverbally, how it is constituted in interaction, and how it reifi es and maneuvers around cultural logics. Nonverbal scholarship functions as a buried backdrop as I move toward an affective understanding, a poetic rendering that speaks to and from the heart.

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