Poetry. Cross-Genre. Asian American Studies. SCHIZOPHRENE traces the intersections of migration and mental illness as they unfold in post-Partition diasporic communities. Bhanu Kapil brings forward the question of a healing narrative and explores trauma and place through a somatic, poetic and cross-cultural psychiatric enquiry. Who was here? Who will never be here? Who has not yet arrived and never will? Towards an arrival without being, this notebook-book returns a body to a site, the shards re-forming in mid-air: for an instant.
"Poignant, rich, delicious, a book to return to again and again."—Gail Scott
Author City: BOULDER, CO USA
Bhanu Kapil is the author of five works of poetry/prose: THE VERTICAL INTERROGATION OF STRANGERS (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), INCUBATION: A SPACE FOR MONSTERS (Leon Works, 2006), HUMANIMAL: A PROJECT FOR FUTURE CHILDREN (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), SCHIZOPHRENE (Nightboat Books, 2011), and BAN EN BANLIEUE (Nightboat Books, 2015). She maintains a widely read blog on social incubation, prose experiments, and dogs: Was Jack Kerouac A Punjabi? She lives in Colorado, where she teaches at Naropa University.
Reviews and Other Links
interview by Katherine Sanders @ BOMBlog
Karla Kelsey @ The Constant Critic
Travis Nichols: The Poetry Foundation staff'sfavorite books of 2011
Jodi Paloni @ NewPages
Richard Scheiwe @ The Aviary