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Malaria, Poems

Cameron Conaway

Publication Year: 2014

Malaria kills nearly one million people each year. Hundreds of millions more are sickened by the disease, and many of them are permanently disabled. Billions are spent each year to understand it. Researchers know the molecular details of the interaction between the mosquito and our own red blood cells, and the myriad ways in which malaria impacts the global economy and the advancement of humanity. But what of the public? Though its story is told in thousands of articles and in hundreds of books, many in the developed world are unaware of how prevalent malaria still is. Malaria, Poems testifies to the importance of bridging the chasm between science and art. It adds thread to a tattered and tragic global narrative; it is poetry’s attempt to reawaken care in a cold case that keeps killing. According to Cicero the aim of the orator is threefold: to teach, to delight, and to move. Poets during the renaissance embraced this idea, and Malaria, Poems reinvigorates it. Allen Ginsberg called for a poetry of social consciousness, a “bare knuckle warrior poetics.” Cameron Conaway, a former MMA fighter, offers Malaria, Poems both as a response to Ginsberg’s call and as a new call to contemporary poetry.

Published by: Michigan State University Press

Praise, Title page, Copyright, Dedication, Frontispiece

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Foreword

Leah Kaminsky

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pp. xi-xiv

“Bad air” is the English translation of the Italian neologism malaria. One bite from the female Anopheles mosquito and the very breath of life is threatened. In the Western world, malaria is a word we speak of perhaps most frequently when planning...

That’s Cerebral

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pp. 1-2

Silence, Anopheles

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pp. 3-9

Still Born

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pp. 10-11

Store (v.)

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pp. 12-13

Game I

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pp. 14-15

Counterfeit

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pp. 16-18

Okapi

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pp. 19-21

Wrapped Up, In

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pp. 22-23

What the Shoulder Knows

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pp. 24-25

Die Never Always

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pp. 26-30

Mirror

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pp. 31-33

Vaccine

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pp. 34-35

Lens

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pp. 36-37

In Season

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pp. 38-42

Offer

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pp. 43-45

I Want to Go

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pp. 46-47

Density Slant

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pp. 48-51

Game II

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pp. 52-53

Landscape

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pp. 54-56

Misc. Matters

I. Types

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pp. 57-

II. How It Happens

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pp. 57-58

III. Bio Battle I

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pp. 58-

IV. Bio Battle II

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pp. 59-60

Acknowledgments

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pp. 61-62

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About the Authors

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pp. 63-

Cameron Conaway, executive editor at GoodMenProject.com, was the 2012 Poet-in-Residence at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Thailand and the 2007–2009 Poet-in-Residence at the University of Arizona’s MFA Creative Writing...


E-ISBN-13: 9781609174316
E-ISBN-10: 1609174313
Print-ISBN-13: 9781611861440
Print-ISBN-10: 1611861446

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2014

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