Issue 2: Reflections on Trauma

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Cover artwork by Tyler Rai.

In the midst of migration, war, and systemic oppression, illness, injury, and violence are often felt with disruptive force. Trauma has emerged as both a ubiquitous embodied experience and a contested category of thought and diagnosis. While institutional, medical, and legal uses of the term tend to domesticate the embodied experience of trauma—stripping it of the life conditions that generate it—trauma can be a useful way to apprehend the aftereffects of great difficulty. The ubiquity, weight, and many scales at which trauma can be invoked beg for collective, interdisciplinary endeavors, to heal those subject to disruptive and wounding experiences; to describe such experiences in a way that exceeds disciplinary conventions; and to interrogate what we mean when we say the word. What is trauma? How might a scholar, artist, or practitioner follow the ways in which a sudden rupture reverberates into a life? How has trauma entered into ways of knowing, addressing, or healing in study, creation, or practice? How might we think about the relationship between language, trauma, and expression? How does trauma as both category and experience affect the expression and sharing of pain?

Content Warning
Some pieces make references to topics some readers may find difficult, such as torture, suicide, sexual abuse, and nudity.

Edited by
Iro Filippaki
Sarah Roth
Grace Chen
Alise Leiboff

Print Edition Designed by
Zachary Stanik

Table of Contents

Editorial
Linen in the Water
Iro Filippaki

Fiction
Save the Monkey
David Ney

Inbred
Kacper Niburski

I hope it never leaves me
Lou Weiler

Heaven Is Like Waffle House
Renée K. Nicholson

Kashmir
Manjari Thakur

Baggage
Luīze Eihmane
[Online Feature]

Non-Fiction
reverberations of a rupture
Tyler Rai

Timelines of Trauma
Alison Mosier‑Mills & Katherine C. McKenzie, MD

The Rose of Sound
Joyelle McSweeney

Little Traumas
Kristin Brig-Ortiz

Pieces
Laura G. Goetz

My Cousins
George JM

TO BE A LOVE STORY, REVIVED
Jessieh Ruth Averitt

No News in Dachau
Chang Su
[Online Feature]

Traumas Come in Threes
Morgan Boyer
[Online Feature]

Can I Leave My Mind in the Waiting Room?
Lauren Taiclet
[Online Feature]

One Hug Away From Home
Vivian Altiery De Jesús
[Online Feature]

When Will the Bullet Hit?
Kathryn Weisendanger
[Online Feature]

Slipped Away
Paul Rousseau
[Online Feature]

Poetry
Losing Her
Maya Jane Sorini

Hurting Instructions
Maya Jane Sorini

Navigated: a collection of poems
Matthew Argame

A Sacred Place Never Spoken Of
Angelica Recierdo

La Peste
Alise Leiboff

ARS OBLIVIA [THE ART OF FORGETTING]
Emma Gomis

TRAMMELS
Meghana Ravi

Hourglass
Sarah Jho

Fibromyalgia
Manjari Thakur

The Fabric of Enduring
Amadea Martino Smith

Hollows
Maria de Araújo

On being a total pain
Tina McGrath
[Online Feature]

The Expectation of Growth
Austin Lam
[Online Feature]

Carrying Promise
Guneet Kaur
[Online Feature]

Ethnography
“War above the Clouds”: Maladies of the Soldiering Body on the Siachen Glacier
Sanaullah Khan
[Online Feature]

Coupons: ethnographic reflections on displacement
Talia Katz
[Online Feature]

Artwork
Ornament
Sarah Jho

After the End
Cara Ow

Feelings, Heart, Tears
Jennifer Wineke

Riding the tremor, using Parkinson’s as an artistic tool
Bruce Granquist