A collection of essays that explores healing on multiple levels, from the subtle body to the body politic.
Anchored by community performances, ceremonies, and conversation with both artists and health practitioners, Dreaming in the Fault Zone is a collection of critical lyric prose and poem-essays that examines healing, in all its translations and violence, to learn how we turn our syndromes into method and how inquiry itself can shift the body. From the ancient dream clinic and therapeutic landscapes to disability culture, trauma modalities, and the entwined plagues we live through now.
“Eleni Stecopoulos is singularly aware of a healing power in poetry that touches the most obscure depths of our carnal existence. She seeks to uncover ‘how the body in its opaque poetry can be homeopathically treated by poetry—as aesthetic, not anaesthetic, therapy.’ Eleni Stecopoulos’ research opena an important field for investigation and practice: the healing force of language, of poetry.” —Alphonso Lingis, from the Foreword
“Searching in real time, thinking/feeling as writing, this tour de force of authentic scholarship reaches far back to the matrix of writing/embodiment at the crux of human consciousness, far forward into a modernism (Artaud, Metcalf) that explores the edges of such embodied writing, and in all directions as Stecopoulos’ every insight emerges from and remains immersed in a surround of the immediately personal. This is a lyrical study of great depth, an epic poem of experiential erudition.” —Maria Damon
“The central question of VISCERAL POETICS is how to be. How to be a body. How to be a body in pain, a body not in pain. How to be a thinker, a scholar, a writer about literary works. How to be a poem too. It is unusual for a piece of literary criticism to take on such weighty questions. And Eleni Stecopoulos gives us no easy answers as she consults various forms of literatures and healing, questioning all of them and her relationship to them too. And as she does this she writes a book that is beautiful and moving, a life’s work dedicated to the work of living.” —Juliana Spahr