— The Insomniac's Wife —
The Insomniac's Wife, A Lullaby is in process.
The Insomniac’s Wife is a book length lyric essay, fragmented in form to mirror the shattered nature of an insomniac’s sleep. While the CDC estimates that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, the position of the insomniac in society remains one of isolation. The book braids personal anecdote with excerpts from literary figures, politicians, and poets, propping one example up on another, piling the science of sleep against the experience of it, merging dreams with reality, meshing story with fact, in an attempt to express, explore, and empathize with the experience of insomnia. The Insomniac’s Wife addresses the many causes and proffered cures for the condition, ultimately offering itself as anecdote: a bedtime story to make the listener feel a little less alone.