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The trauma mantras : a memoir in prose poems / Adrie Kusserow.

Kusserow, Adrie, (author.).


"Written during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Trauma Mantras is a memoir written in lyric essays by medical anthropologist, teacher and poet Adrie Kusserow. Kusserow explores numerous kinds of trauma, including trauma caused by war, childbirth, late-stage capitalism, poverty, exile, cancer, and a global pandemic through vivid but brief accounts of moments in her life. The memoir is both distinctly current, as she references COVID-19 lockdowns, the George Floyd protests, the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire, and the Sudanese Civil War and situated out of time, as the poetical essays rapidly switch between the present day and flashbacks that stretch decades with few indicators of temporality. Kusserow interrogates our understanding of boundaries, the way we prize individualism, a fragile self, as well as our obsession with trauma and therapy"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781478025573
  • ISBN: 1478025573
  • ISBN: 9781478020844
  • ISBN: 1478020849
  • Physical Description: xiv, 158 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2024.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
The Trouble with Stories: Indian Brothel Raid -- The Sweaty Tribe -- Revised Lonely Planet Guide to Holy Men -- Patchwork Quilt for a Congolese Refugee -- Trigger Fields -- Quarantine Dreams -- Getting the Story Just Right -- Calla Lily, Condom -- Western Psychonauts of the Postpartum Period -- Refugee Christmas Eve -- While Teaching Anthropology Class, I think of Indra's Net, My Mother, and Try to Redefine ADHD -- Ethnography of Horror, Domesticated -- One Life to Live -- Stale Refugee -- What Counts as Trauma -- Trauma, Inc. -- The Day I Really Became an Anthropologist -- Skull Tree Stories -- Speaking in Tongues: Kickboxers -- The Fat Claw of My Heart -- NGO Elegy -- Those Days We Played God -- Home of Confident Children Out of Conflict (CCC) -- On the Brilliance of Your Story -- I Watch My Daughter Snort Google -- Bhutan: East Wants West Wants East -- Psycho Colonialism -- She Felt Guilty For Not Paying Attention to the Ants -- Tulip Fever -- Field Notes: Nursing Home Fieldwork with Students -- Himalayan Facebook Fiction -- Prostrations -- Love Poem to America, Quarantined -- What Makes Us (Not) Buddhists -- Anthropology of American Yoga: The Dalai Lama Looks Down on a Yoga Class -- Monsoon Clouds -- American Bardo -- Refugee Encounters With Feelings of a Capitalist Kind -- Happiness -- American Skateboarders -- Breathe with Me Barbie -- Jesus, Immaculee, and the Pig -- Instructions for Doing Fieldwork: Tracking American Buddhists for Interviews at the Stupa -- Between Waking and Sleeping, I Look Outside As It Snows, Think About the Blunt Tool of the English Language -- Crossing the Great Divide -- This is What Sorrow Looks Like -- Ringtone Trauma -- The Choice -- Covid Subnivean -- Don't Let Anyone Tell You Anything is Separate in This World -- Aborted Ethnographic Fieldwork: Nonparticipant Observation -- War McMetaphors -- Technotropic -- Mating Knot -- Humpty Dumpty Had A Great Fall -- Coming Home, I Dig Around My Pharmaceutical Bag -- The Careful Preservation of Child Atoms -- Cybirds -- Mismatch Theory: A Message from a More Mindful America -- The Human TechnoBody Meets Quarantine -- Our Evolution Cannot Be Digitized -- A Brief Respite From the Usual Perceptual Divides: After Chemo I Ski Through the Vermont Woods In Another Climate Change Storm -- Last Week, Tied to My Intravenous Pole -- The Trouble With Anthropocene Grammar -- Hush, Humans -- Fontanelegy.
Subject: Psychic trauma > Poetry.
Traumatisme psychique > Poésie.
POETRY / General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social.
Psychic trauma.
Genre: prose poems.
Prose poems.
Prose poems.
Poèmes en prose.

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