Autobiography of a Sea Creature: Healing the Trauma of Infant Surgery

Autobiography of a Sea Creature: Healing the Trauma of Infant Surgery

by Wendy Williams
Autobiography of a Sea Creature: Healing the Trauma of Infant Surgery

Autobiography of a Sea Creature: Healing the Trauma of Infant Surgery

by Wendy Williams

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Overview

Operated on as an infant, without anesthesia, Wendy P. Williams began life at war with her body. "There were tubes everywhere, in and out of every opening," her mother reminded her on every anniversary of her surgery. Autobiography of a Sea Creature takes readers on Williams' difficult sensory journey toward healing, as she communes along the way with horseshoe crabs, dolphins, and other marine life that taught her the restorative power of beauty, resilience, and interdependence. At times luscious and lyrical, at other times analytical and reflective, this literary memoir portrays the dissociative experience of trauma and the roots of self-destructive cycles, as well as the tragic results of medical beliefs at the time that infants could not feel pain. Autobiography of a Sea Creature is both a love letter to the earth and a hopeful testament of humans' capacity to heal our deepest wounds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735542355
Publisher: University of California Health Humanities Press
Publication date: 03/16/2023
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 544,624
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Wendy Patrice Williams, MFA in Creative Writing, taught English in community colleges. She has published in Still You: Poems on Illness & Healing, The Awakenings Review, The Healing Art of Writing, as well as short stories and a poetry collection.
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