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.
Nuances of Cure
This section explores the personal complexities of cure—how, when, and why people want to be cured. The stories told here recognize many different relationships to cure and to normal and natural and delve into questions of how people respond to bodily loss. This section returns to ecosystem restoration, thinking about the connection between ecological destruction and disability and about restoration as one response to loss. This response often both tethers people to a past before their disability or illness emerged and urges them to dream about the future. Lastly, the themes of loss and the desire for cure are explored in the context of suicide.