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Once Upon A Virus
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Out to see America and satisfy his travel bug, W. T. Pfefferle resigned from his position as director of the writing program at Johns Hopkins University and hit the road to interview sixty-two poets about the significance of place in their work. The lively conversations that resulted may surprise with the potential meanings of a seemingly simple concept. This gathering of voices and ideas is illustrated with photo and word portraits from the road and represented with suitable poems.

The poets are James Harms, David Citino, Martha Collins, Linda Gregerson, Richard Tillinghast, Orlando Ricardo Menes, Mark Strand, Karen Volkman, Lisa Samuels, Marvin Bell, Michael Dennis Browne, David Allan Evans, David Romtvedt, Sandra Alcosser, Robert Wrigley, Nance Van Winckel, Christopher Howell, Mark Halperin, Jana Harris, Sam Hamill, Barbara Drake, Floyd Skloot, Ralph Angel, Carol Muske-Dukes, David St. John, Sharon Bryan, Donald Revell, Claudia Keelan, Alberto Rios, Richard Shelton, Jane Miller, William Wenthe, Naomi Shihab Nye, Peter Cooley, Miller Williams, Beth Ann Fennelly, Natasha Trethewey, Denise Duhamel, Campbell McGrath, Terrance Hayes, Alan Shapiro, Nikki Giovanni, Charles Wright, Rita Dove, Henry Taylor, Dave Smith, Nicole Cooley, David Lehman, Lucie Brock-Broido, Michael S. Harper, C. D. Wright, Mark Wunderlich, James Cummins, Frederick Smock, Mark Jarman, Carl Phillips, Scott Cairns, Elizabeth Dodd, Jonathan Holden, Bin Ramke, Kenneth Brewer, and Paisley Rekdal.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Philosophizing in a War Zone
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1 "Tag, You've Got AIDS": HIV in Folklore and Legend One
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 2 Bad People and Body Fluids: Contemporary Legend and AIDS Discourse
  2. pp. 24-54
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  1. 3 Making Sense: Narrative and the Development of Culturally Appropriate Health Education
  2. pp. 55-76
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  1. 5 Welcome to the Innocent World of AIDS: Cultural Viability, Localization, and Contemporary Legend
  2. pp. 100-115
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  1. 6 "Billy Ray Virus": The Folk Creation and Official Maintenance of a Public Health Scapegoat
  2. pp. 116-138
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  1. 7 "Banishing All the Spindles from the Kingdom": Reading Needle-Prick Narratives as Resistance
  2. pp. 139-156
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  1. 8 Once Upon a Virus: Public Health and Narrative as a Proactive Form
  2. pp. 157-178
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  1. Appendix: Legends Index
  2. pp. 179-181
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 182-200
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 201-210
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