The etiology 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.
AN EXCERPT EP 52:
“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”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Aby Kaupang is the author of NOS, disorder not otherwise specified (w. Matthew Cooperman, Futurepoem, 2018), Disorder 299.00 , Little “g” God Grows Tired of Me, Absence is Such a Transparent House, and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable. She holds master’s degrees in both Creative Writing and Occupational Therapy and lives in Fort Collins where she served as the Poet Laureate from 2015-2017.
Matthew Cooperman is the author of NOS, disorder not otherwise specified (w. Aby Kaupang, Futurepoem, 2018), Disorder 299.00, Spool, Imago for the Fallen World, and several others. He is a professor at Colorado State University. More information can be found here.