Aurora Levins Morales was born in rural Puerto Rico in 1954, of Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi Jewish parents. A lifelong feminist and radical, artist and activist, storyteller and historian, her writing bridges the gap between the intimately personal and the global, between sensual experience and theory. In Kindling she explores the meanings of sickness and healing, suffering and pleasure, through the story of her own body, of all our bodies, of the body of the planet. Kindling is a collage of prose poetry, poems, essays, performance pieces and memoir, exploring the rich complexity od living in a physical and social body. From 19th century bomba dancers to the environmental causes of epilepsy from eugenics to the Cuban health care system, from the sexuality of the chronically sick and tired, to a broader interpretation of taking back the night, Levins Morales writes with passion and insight, self-revelation and global,historical perspective. “Aurora’s writing is itself alchemy, balancing emotional nuance with rich historical context, simultaneously speaking in an intimate personal voice and for a collective we. She offers us vulnerable, power-filled lyricism that moves the audience to new understandings of their own lives as she claims her body’s pleasures and pain. Her writing moves me like no other.” Patty Berne, Cofounder and Artistic Director, Sins Invalid “Medically, ‘kindling’ refers to the way bodies can be sensitized by small, repeated exposures to chemicals or electric shocks. Aurora Levins Morales’ essays and poems about the human body’s responses to oppression describe both the kindling of disease and of consciousness, fragments of tinder that ignite into a blazing awareness of our bodies as sites of struggle and transformation.” Casimira Fuentes O’Neill, M.D.
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I read two previous books written by Ms. Levins Morales and was delighted to find this new one. She is an amazing author who writes about incredibly relevant themes from trauma to racism to cultural identity and more (emphasize more). Her books are so thought provoking that I've actually found myself bringing up quotes from one of her earlier books, Medicine Stories, for years in conversations because her writing is so clear. I feel that her ability to write about her own experiences in such a direct way provides great meaning for others in their inquiry about their own life events. One significant aspect of her style of writing is that it is accessible to all. She is obviously highly educated and quite experienced, especially in multi-cultural issues, but she is careful to embody that which she clearly believes -- that we all live in this world and all have the same need to understand ourselves in our own context -- she is thankfully an academic who does not write in an academic...
Here is the myth - our bodies are separate, from each other, from the land, from generations of history. There is no separation, there is only the difference between love and violence and then there is its impact.
Kindling Writings on the Body, Aurora Levins Morales' recent book, builds on the legacy of Medicine Stories and Remedios to be within this difference between love and violence and its impact, in this case, the story of one body experiencing multiple levels of chronic pain. In Aurora's writing, there is only clarity - the weaving together of legacies of indigenous genocide and the institution of slavery, gender violence and violence directed towards the land, air and water into the collective impact of pain.
Using poetry, personal essay and thoughtful research, Kindling asks hard questions about our shared responsibility for generations of violence and its impact on so many of those we love. In four sections, Kindling's first half looks at the broader...
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