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Hunting Down the Monk

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Drawing from her work in comparative religion and cultural anthropology, Adrie Kusserow offers a collection of portraits of Westerners in the East and Easterners in the West struggling to relearn and relive their ideas of culture, religion, and God. These poems expose the human craving for the nourishment of a spiritual life. Celebrated poet Karen Swenson has written the Foreword.

Adrie Kusserow received her Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1996 and is ...

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Overview

Drawing from her work in comparative religion and cultural anthropology, Adrie Kusserow offers a collection of portraits of Westerners in the East and Easterners in the West struggling to relearn and relive their ideas of culture, religion, and God. These poems expose the human craving for the nourishment of a spiritual life. Celebrated poet Karen Swenson has written the Foreword.

Adrie Kusserow received her Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1996 and is currently associate professor of cultural anthropology at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She continues to do cross-cultural field work on the spread of Eastern philosophies to the West.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Hunting Down the Monk 13
Picking the Streets, Kathmandu 15
West Meets East Meets West, Kathmandu 17
Orphanage, Missionaries of Charity 20
Learning Gods 22
Twenty-first Century Religio-tropic 25
Crossing Borders 27
When They Came in with the New Regime 30
American Nomads 33
The Bird Cage 37
Bulimia Religiosa 39
Holy Ghost People 41
What Thaws Us 44
Metamorphosis 47
Empty 49
Thirty-one, Anthropologist, No Gods Left 50
Snowflake Bentley 55
Liminal 57
White Tulip 58
Himalayas 60
A Woman at Night, Queens, N.Y. 61
When I Die 63
The Fall of God the Father 67
Ana Begins, Postpartum 69
The Raw and the Sexed 74
Daily Bread 76
Rite of Passage 77
Anthropology 78
Ethnography of an Elderly Woman in Queens, N.Y. 80
Love Poem to Jane 82
Floodlight 85
Wildflowers 87
What I Want 89
Night Poppies 90
Post Script 91
The Cell 92
Flying Leap 94
Neon Birch 96
Notes 99
Acknowledgments 100
About the Author 102
Colophon 104
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