A Poetic Anatomy
Publication Year: 2012
Zwartjes’s beautifully crafted poetic prose humanizes the technical descriptions of medical conditions and illuminates the scientific understanding of emotional states. Far more than a popularization of science, Detailing Trauma explores the wondrous anatomy and physiology of the human body, a geography of our human frailties—and also our wealth, as humans, of love and hope and the capacity for meditative thought.
Published by: University of Iowa Press
The Anatomy of Trust or Breaking
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The pulse shudders the body at such infinitesimal levels that many of us ignore its existence. Walk around carrying fists in the center of our chests, the bottom tipped somewhat rightward, sitting . . .
If Language Fails Us, or Body
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We humans are mercilessly subject to our own body chemicals. Just let the brain suggest to the body that it release certain compounds— testosterone, progesterone, dopamine, adrenaline—and . . .
This Suturing of Wounds or Words
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My friend Nina archives & restores old films. Their bodies accumulate everything from dust to mold to dirt, shrink and become brittle, crack or start to break apart. They’re decaying from old . . .
Cicatrice & Sclerosis: On Hardening
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Bodies of people with this condition “repair” damage oddly. White blood cells, instead of attacking foreign invaders, tackle the body’s muscle or connective tissue. They carry with them . . .
The Pathology of Loss & Longing
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The appendix is a strange remnant. An afterthought, a survivor, a vestige. Or is it? New medical thinking suggests that perhaps the appendix has useful function after all: researchers at Duke . . .
A Cardiovascular Study in Hope
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Strawberries in a breakfast: the color of blood garnets, once used in arrows as indiscernible weaponry—hard to find & remove from the slippery of artery and its fluid. A tiny darted gem . . .
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To Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Leah Simmons Davis, Nishta Mehra: I love you immensely. Thank you for keeping me open/balancing the . . .
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Page Count: 102
Publication Year: 2012