In Case of Emergencies

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Arts Issue: April 2015
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In Case of Emergencies
An autism diagnosis might seem like an unlikely muse for a book of poetry, but when ASU professor Dr. Rosemarie Dombrowski’s son was diagnosed with the neurobiological disorder and developmental disability as a toddler, she took to the page. The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, $12.99) is a love letter to her son (now 14) as well as an “ethnographic account” of her “fieldwork in another culture” –  autism. Her heartbreakingly beautiful and mystical exploration of parenting a special-needs child continuously proves her view that “there’s something to be said for agonizing persistence, how it can resurrect things that are lost, transform the abject into something bearable, even beautiful.” Dombrowski is co-founder and co-host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, held the fourth Friday of every month at {9} the Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix. Visit five-oaks-press.com for more information. A portion of proceeds will be donated to autism advocacy and research.