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American Poets Continuum #137: Refuge

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Publisher Comments:

As an anthropologist, Adrie Kusserow's ethnographic poetry probes culture and globalization with poems about Sudanese refugees based in Uganda, Sudan, and the United States, especially the "Lost Boys of Sudan." The poet struggles with how to respond to suffering, poverty, displacement, and the brutal aspects of war. Much of this exploration is based in poems in which a mother is also bringing her family to a larger global arena.

Adrie Kusserow is a professor of cultural anthropology at St. Michael's College. Her international fieldwork supports girls' education in South Sudan and youth media literacy in Bhutan. She lives in Underhill Center, Vermont.

Review:

"There is no question that Kusserow, a professor of cultural anthropology, is well-versed in the conceit illustrated by her new book — that 'the suffering of Kenya begets Uganda,/ begets my husband,/ begets me, begets Ana, begets her brother...' And from one perspective, Kusserow has taken a risk, bridging the experience of Sudan during its civil war, with that of Vermont, where a crow picking at compost triggers a reverie: 'suddenly I knew how war/ must feel on the earth's beleaguered back,/ the constant pecking.' Sometimes, however, Kusserow's use of a simile and moralistic analysis to describe the brutalized population of a faraway place (a 'freshly pummeled' woman 'lies like pounded meat in the gutter'; boys walking a thousand miles to safety are 'packs...roving like hyenas') undermines her subject matter. At its best, this book asks how to make poetry from sufferings of others. Would refugees tell their stories how we tell them? Is a secondhand telling, exoticized, tantamount to a second banishment — stories rent from those who lived them? Kusserow could go deeper than she has to address these questions." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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An anthropologist writes poems about globalization, culture, war, and fieldwork in South Sudan, Uganda, Botswana, and across the world.

About the Author

Adrie Kusserow is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at St. Michaels College in Colchester, VT. Her most recent international field work trips support girls education (South Sudan – www.Africaeli.org) and Youth Media Literacy and Gross National Happiness in Bhutan. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, and a M.T.S. in Comparative Religion from Harvard Divinity School. Her debut collection Hunting Down the Monk was published by BOA in 2002, with a Foreword by Karen Swenson. She lives with her family in Underhill Center, Vermont where she was born and raised.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781938160080
Author:
Kusserow, Adrie
Publisher:
BOA Editions
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American Poets Continuum
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "There is no question that Kusserow, a professor of cultural anthropology, is well-versed in the conceit illustrated by her new book — that 'the suffering of Kenya begets Uganda,/ begets my husband,/ begets me, begets Ana, begets her brother...' And from one perspective, Kusserow has taken a risk, bridging the experience of Sudan during its civil war, with that of Vermont, where a crow picking at compost triggers a reverie: 'suddenly I knew how war/ must feel on the earth's beleaguered back,/ the constant pecking.' Sometimes, however, Kusserow's use of a simile and moralistic analysis to describe the brutalized population of a faraway place (a 'freshly pummeled' woman 'lies like pounded meat in the gutter'; boys walking a thousand miles to safety are 'packs...roving like hyenas') undermines her subject matter. At its best, this book asks how to make poetry from sufferings of others. Would refugees tell their stories how we tell them? Is a secondhand telling, exoticized, tantamount to a second banishment — stories rent from those who lived them? Kusserow could go deeper than she has to address these questions." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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An anthropologist writes poems about globalization, culture, war, and fieldwork in South Sudan, Uganda, Botswana, and across the world.

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