Malaria, Poems (Paperback)

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Malaria kills nearly one million people each year. Hundreds of millions more are sickened by the disease, and many of them are permanently disabled. Billions are spent each year to understand it. Researchers know the molecular details of the interaction between the mosquito and our own red blood cells, and the myriad ways in which malaria impacts the global economy and the advancement of humanity. But what of the public? Though its story is told in thousands of articles and in hundreds of books, many in the developed world are unaware of how prevalent malaria still is. Malaria, Poems testifies to the importance of bridging the chasm between science and art. It adds thread to a tattered and tragic global narrative; it is poetry’s attempt to reawaken care in a cold case that keeps killing. According to Cicero the aim of the orator is threefold: to teach, to delight, and to move. Poets during the renaissance embraced this idea, and Malaria, Poems reinvigorates it. Allen Ginsberg called for a poetry of social consciousness, a “bare knuckle warrior poetics.” Cameron Conaway, a former MMA fighter, offers Malaria, Poems both as a response to Ginsberg’s call and as a new call to contemporary poetry.

About the Author

Cameron Conaway is Executive Editor at, a former MMA fighter, and an award-winning poet. Conaway’s work has appeared in The Guardian,, Rattle, and The Huffington Post.

Praise For…

These are poems that nestle in the space between insect and skin—mosquito and mankind—and so sing the simultaneously beautiful and destructive qualities of both.
—Dorianne Laux, two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611861440
ISBN-10: 1611861446
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2014
Pages: 80
Language: English