Naming the leper : poems / Christopher Lee Manes
- Manes, Christopher Lee
- Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xi, 85 pages : genealogical tables ; 23 cm.
- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Tall Tales Grow Limbs, My Mother Said -- Living Dead. The Book of Names -- Public Law -- This House Is Sick, Sadie Told My Mother -- From the Grave, Lucie Orchestrates Her Memories -- Edmond, Writing under His Carville Name Gabe Michael, in 1925 -- The Children's Letters from House -- Edmond Writing to His Wife Claire -- Gabe Michael Sees Roma's Still Life -- Another Love -- Gabe Michael's Canteen -- Sadie Morgan Spencer's Story -- After Death, Lucie Walks along the Train Tracks in St. Peter's Cemetery -- Lucie and Claire's Agreement -- My Grandmother Leonide on Her Parents Edmond and Claire -- Telegram for Miss Claire Landry -- Leonide Remembers Norbert's Funeral, 1924 -- Fragments from the Papers of Norbert and Edmond Landry -- Remains -- Becoming Flesh. I don't know myself -- I don't expect you to understand -- An old fellow we are watching die -- One man was there from the outside scared of us -- The river situation is worse -- The trouble with this place -- Don't mention it -- Authorities cannot expect us to forget -- I'll tell you what you will not find in newspapers -- Doctors operated on a baby yesterday -- A terrible thing happened here last week -- My folks have opened their eyes to the truth of the place -- There are certain Easter dispositions I cannot sustain -- We are two cats -- Inherent. My View -- When I Imagine My Grandmother Leonide Waiting for Her Father, Edmond, to Return -- My Regret -- When Claire and Edmond's Marriage Is Mentioned at Any Holiday Celebration -- Lessons from a Case Study I Give My Students -- With Regards -- Claire and Edmond's Children -- Embedded -- Walking in New Orleans with My Sisters -- As Ever -- Epigenetics -- List of relations -- Notes.
- "Between 1919 and 1977, five of Christopher Lee Manes's relatives lived and died with an illness then referred to as "leprosy," now known as Hansen's Disease. Once diagnosed, each relative was forced to remain in exile at the National Leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana. While there, they attempted to keep some connection to the outside world by writing letters to their family members and loved ones. In 'Naming the Leper', Manes draws on these letters, along with medical records, the Leprosarium newsletter, and personal interviews, as he crafts documentary poems that reconstruct his relatives' daily lives during their confinement at Carville. Although much can only be imagined, their words remain factual and their feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and pain become explicit. For Manes, poetry cannot bring his relatives back to life, nor can it heal wounds nearly a century old, but it can describe sufferings and traumas caused by disease and exile"--
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0807171123 paperback ; alkaline paper
9780807173282 electronic book
9780807173299 electronic publication
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
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