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 has written four full-length prose/poetry works, 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), and SCHIZOPHRENE (Nightboat Books, 2011). Born in the UK to Indian parents, Bhanu lives in Colorado, where she teaches in The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.
Reviews and Other Links
interview by Katherine Sanders @ BOMBlog
Karla Kelsey @ The Constant Critic
Travis Nichols: The Poetry Foundation staff's favorite books of 2011
Jodi Paloni @ NewPages
Richard Scheiwe @ The Aviary