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Author De la Paz, Oliver, 1972- author.

Title The boy in the labyrinth / Oliver de la Paz.

Publication Info. Akron, Ohio : The University of Akron Press, [2019]

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Description 1 online resource (155 pages)
Series Akron series in poetry
Akron series in poetry.
Summary "In a long sequence of prose poems, questionnaires, and standardized tests, The Boy in the Labyrinth interrogates the language of autism and the language barriers between parents, their children, and the fractured medium of science and school. Structured as a Greek play, the book opens with a parents' earnest quest for answers, understanding, and doubt. Each section of the Three Act is highlighted by "Autism Spectrum Questionnaires" which are in dialogue with and in opposition to what the parent perceives to be their relationship with their child. Interspersed throughout each section are sequences of standardized test questions akin to those one would find in grade school, except these questions unravel into deeper mysteries. The depth of the book is told in a series of episodic prose poems that parallel the parable of Theseus and the Minotaur. In these short clips of montage the unnamed "boy" explores his world and the world of perception, all the while hearing the rumblings of the Minotaur somewhere in the heart of an immense Labyrinth. Through the medium of this allusion, de la Paz meditates on failures, foundering, and the possibility of finding one's way"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Autistic children -- Poetry.
Perceptual disorders in children -- Poetry.
Communicative disorders -- Children -- Poetry.
Parent and child -- Poetry.
Prose poems.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: De la Paz, Oliver, 1972- Boy in the labyrinth. Akron : University of Akron Press, 2019 9781629221724 (DLC) 2019023505
ISBN 9781629221748 (electronic book)
1629221740 (electronic book)
9781629221731 (electronic book)
1629221732 (electronic book)
9781629221724 (paperback)