EP52circleDisorder 299.00
Aby Kaupang and Matthew Cooperman

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The epidemiology of autism involves the study of factors arrayed like suns in the code of spectrum. Many lights and no system. During the first five years of our daughter’s life, we spent cumulative months in hospitals, doctor’s offices, emergency rooms, psychiatric wards, therapy clinics, and laboratories. Medical encounters became existential tremors. But the other side of disorder is advocacy, and Disorder 299.0 documents the extreme present of living a life not otherwise specified.
“if poetry were a straight straightforward social action
if base not a part of lovely
if lovely on all sides of seizure
if memoir not memory but tongue of the mind
if development a linear delay
if retardation only late
if healing a normative sabbath
if I lovedog loved East Colfax”
ABY KAUPANG is the author of Little “g” God Grows Tired of Me, Absence is Such a Transparent House and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable. She holds masters degrees in both creative writing and occupational therapy from Colorado State University, and lives in Fort Collins with the poet, Matthew Cooperman, and their two children.
MATTHEW COOPERMAN is the author of, most recently, Spool, winner of the New Measure Prize, as well as the text + image collaboration Imago for the Fallen World, with Marius Lehene, Still: of the Earth as the Ark which Does Not Move, DaZE and A Sacrificial Zinc, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize. Four chapbooks exist in addition, including Little Spool, winner of the 2014 Pavement Saw Chapbook Prize. A founding editor of Quarter After Eight, and co-poetry editor of Colorado Review, Cooperman teaches at Colorado State University. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife, the poet Aby Kaupang, and their two children. More information can be found at www.matthewcooperman.com.


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