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Exile & Pride (South End Press Classics Edition): Disability, Queerness and Liberation

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A book by Eli Clare

“Eli Clare works a vital alchemy. . . . Using the language of the elemental world, he delineates a complex human intersection and transmutes cruelty into its opposite—a potent, lifegiving remedy.”—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun … see full wiki

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Author: Eli Clare
Genre: Gay & Lesbian, Nonfiction
Publisher: South End Press
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  • Apr 19, 2010
Clare, Eli. "Exile and Pride", South End Press reprint and new edition, 2010.

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Amos Lassen

"Exile and Pride" is a look at the poetics and politics of queer disability--something many of us have never thought about. Eli Clare is a poet who has cerebral palsy and here she writes about her attempt to climb Mount Adams as a person who is impaired and loves to hike. In other words she writes about being able to do something rather than having a disability. She writes about the fight for rights for the disabled and she writes about herself--having been sexually abused by her father, growing up in rural Oregon and learning how to use a chainsaw and to frame a house. She shows the lines between self hatred and queer pride and how culture looks at those with disabilities and marginalizes them. She looks at how we look at ourselves and how we find out who we are--how we live in exile--on the mountain but not on the mountain.
Clare's view of the world is quite full and she lives her "hidden" life openly unlike many others. She shows us that we must examine who we are so that we can connect to as well as alienate ourselves from society, our environment, our sexuality and each other. She looks at class, the environment, gender, politics and the consciousness of disability in ways that few have dared to do and her writing is sharp and original. It's an easy book to read yet it has a great deal to say. It is a must read so that we cab counter oppression and shows us what it is like to live in a world that is in great need of healing.

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