By Christina Crosby
Within the early night on October 1, 2003, Christina Crosby was once 3 miles right into a seventeen mile bicycle trip, reason on attaining her aim of 1,000 miles for the using season. She used to be a revered senior professor of English who had celebrated her 50th birthday a month prior to. As she crested a hill, she stuck a department within the spokes of her bicycle, which immediately pitched her to the pavement. Her chin took the whole strength of the blow, and her head snapped again. In that immediate, she was once paralyzed.
In A physique, Undone, Crosby places into phrases a damaged physique that turns out past the succeed in of language and figuring out. She writes a couple of physique shot via with neurological soreness, disoriented in time and area, incapacitated via paralysis and deadened sensation. to deal with this overseas physique, she calls upon the readerly pleasures of narrative, serious feminist and queer considering, and the focused language of lyric poetry. operating with those assets, she remembers her Fifties tomboy methods in small-town, rural Pennsylvania, and documents becoming into the Nineteen Seventies via radical feminism and the affirmations of homosexual liberation.
Deeply unsentimental, Crosby communicates in unflinching prose the event of "diving into the smash" of her physique to recognize grief, and loss, but additionally to acknowledge the sweetness, fragility, and dependencies of all human our bodies. A memoir that could be a meditation on incapacity, metaphor, gender, intercourse, and love, A physique, Undone is a compelling account of residing on, as Crosby rebuilds her physique and models a existence via writing, reminiscence, and wish.
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One time, and one time only, OxyContin was put into my body pulverized along with all my other drugs, which were given to me nightly through the gastrointestinal tube. As always during that time, I was in pain, cold, and desperate for some relief. Lying there, I felt a soothing warmth coursing through my body, warm honey in my veins, which spread and spread, engulfing me. So sweet. —a thought I held onto for maybe fifteen minutes, floating along before sleep took me. If only I could take my OxyContin that way always!
He was a dear friend of my then lover, Elizabeth, and I discovered in gradu- 50 | Lost in Space ate school what a great playmate he was. The three of us often took bicycle rides on the beautiful back roads of Connecticut. He rode a German bicycle, built for speed, with narrow tires and clip-in pedals designed to secure cycling shoes with cleats. When he finally persuaded me to buy a really good road bike, he went with me to his bicycle store, where I was fitted for a beautiful Schwinn that was at the low end of the high-tech, high-price machines.
A Body, Undone: Living On After Great Pain by Christina Crosby