Posts Tagged: therapy

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #161: Andrea Baker

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“I had to save my own life. I had the right to save my own life.”

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On Suicidal Ideation

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It’s not that easy. It’s never that easy.

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Smoke Screen

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I am an oracle who, while dispensing answers to all those who seek them, cannot predict my own future.

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A Lumpy, Misshapen Book: Talking with Elissa Washuta

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Elissa Washuta discusses her chapbook, STARVATION MODE.

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We’re All Unreliable Narrators: Talking with R.O. Kwon

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R.O. Kwon discusses her debut novel, THE INCENDIARIES.

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Hannibal Lecter, My Therapist

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In the dark, I felt at home in the underground bunker where the hospital stored its violent men.

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Splintered Doors

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This journey is ongoing. But I know this: my daughter will never have to break down a door.

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It’s All about Positionality: Talking with Kayleb Rae Candrilli

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Kayleb Rae Candrilli discusses their debut collection, What Runs Over, reclaiming memory through poetry, and the political act of being happy.

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Guns or No Guns: Mental Health Crisis in Schools

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I do the best I can to reach out to those I see isolated or disturbed, but I have to also be careful I don’t make myself a target.

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This Is What I Get for Wanting

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When I cried over the phone, asking him if he was dumping me, he said in his gentle voice, “Sweetheart, we weren’t really a thing yet.”

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Becoming Bodies

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[W]e wanted something different from each other’s bodies than what was actually there, which might be why our bodies sometimes came together.

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Unbound

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It’s always been ground glass, scraping against my insides. I imagine a light held to the place where I open would illuminate a mess of torn flesh, throbbing red-wet.

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Blue, Blue Windows: On Writing and Helplessness in the Age of Trump

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The brain in the jar wants out, you know. It just can’t do anything about it.

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Death, Memory, and Other Superpowers

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There was no cedar chest filled with tissue-wrapped rattles, handprint art projects, and bronzed baby shoes. Our parents never spoke of our missing sister.

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Understanding the Language of Female Breakups

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Female friendship, however necessary it is in our lives, and for all the joy it brings us, for all its love and support and kindness and generosity, can be a real mindf***k when it ends.

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Conversations with Writers Braver Than Me: Jessica Berger Gross

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Jessica Berger Gross discusses her new memoir, Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home, walking away from her parents age of twenty-eight, and the importance of boundaries.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Nikki Wallschlaeger

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Nikki Wallschlaeger discusses her new collection Crawlspace, why she chose to work with the sonnet form, and how segregation in American never ended.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #87: Kai Cheng Thom

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Rarely is birth silent for anyone involved. Silence, instead, is a learned phenomena. Unlearning silence can become its own birth, as it seems in Kai Cheng Thom’s debut poetry collection a place called No Homeland, opening with, “diaspora babies, we are born of pregnant pauses.” Pausing for readers to meet her at this natal location […]

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: The Cost of Intimacy

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Chasing intimacy can feel cheap—and yet intimacy we pay for can be meaningful. I find traditional therapy as awkward as sex, exposing my emotional self like I expose my body.

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On Making Wishes

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It is true that I’m talking to a photo, but I’m not crazy. Neither am I a durochka. Fools are oblivious, at least those from my childhood fairy tales. I, on the other hand, am perfectly aware of the problem.

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Breaking the Binaries: A Conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch

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Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her new novel, Book of Joan, a reimagining of the Joan of Arc story set in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed.

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