Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure
Eli Clare is a poet, essayist, activist, and the author of Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, also published by Duke University Press, and The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion. He speaks regularly at conferences, community events, and colleges across the United States and Canada about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice, and his writing has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. Clare lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont and can be found online at www.eliclare.com.
Ideology of Cure
Section 1 mixes memoir and analysis, introducing a handful of fundamental concepts, including ways in which cure is connected to the ideas of normal and natural and how cure targets people deemed abnormal and unnatural. The pieces in this section also lay out a number of disability stereotypes—overcoming, pity, and tragedy—as well as examining the definition of cure as “the restoration of health.” That definition is placed alongside the practice of ecosystem restoration, a comparison that is used to further define cure.