Chapter 19 Intimacy: Torn

This chapter offers a poetics of fragmentation for thinking through trans bodies, histories, health, and lives

Activities and Prompts

  1. Read “Can we research suffering?” by Arthur Frank (2001, in Qualitative Health Research, 11.3: 353-62) and discuss its influence on torn cartographies.

Activity: Search for meaningful/moving words in old magazines and books. Tear them out and create a textured/found/bricolage poem.


‘The Alley’ in Summerford, Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo Credit: Daze Jefferies.
Summerford, Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo Credit: Daze Jefferies.
Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo Credit: Daze Jefferies
Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo credit: Sonja Boon
Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo credit: Sonja Boon
Jellies, Cape Freels. Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo credit: Sonja Boon


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(c) Sonja Boon, Lesley Butler, and Daze Jefferies, 2018.