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AUTHOR: Lucas Scheelk
PUBLISHER: Mason Jar Press
DATE: July 19, 2022
PAGES: 125

A Prayer For A Non-Religious Autistic

by Lucas Scheelk

A family history book for those who (in various ways) choose their own, a Jewish conversion story, disability advocacy, a literary supply of special interests as palate cleansers, and a behind-the-scenes feature on the effects of misdiagnosis, mental illness, and addiction. The repetition used throughout is both cyclical (a reminder that healing is not linear) and, as described at the start of the book, autistic literature.

Accompanying Scheelkā€™s third poetry book includes image descriptors, a trigger warning list, and a Disability Resources section to encourage self-education.


Poet Lucas Scheelk identifies as bisexual/queer.

  • In Memory of Susan Scheelk i
  • Disclaimers ii
  • Preface iv
  • Show Don’t Tell
  • Emotion regulation is a fucking PhD program
  • Intuitive Familiarization at First AMYGDALA!
  • Holmes is a person as is
  • When special interests need re-evaluation
  • The Autsketeers
  • Autism Stereotype Bingo
  • Terms and Conditions apply
  • Fractures
  • Special Interest Badge
  • Two months of outpatient treatment (and all I got was an updated comfort in Sondheim)
  • Eighteen reasons to stay alive
  • My relationship with fire as someone who self-harms
  • Clyde
  • Containers Labeled SOMEDAY
  • Here is my heart; will you hold it with me?
  • Choking on the ashes of decomposing depressive episodes
  • Mnemonic Nudity
  • I count the days
  • Bi Force
  • Darling
  • Word Association Quiz
  • TranSurvival
  • Maternal Death-iary
  • Sweet Boy Jazz
  • North Star State to Evergreen roam
  • Page Prompt
  • Quarantine Things
  • One day of outpatient treatment (and I stood up for myself)
  • Eighteen (additional) reasons to stay alive
  • Halachic Daydream
  • Shabbat
  • I’m not a Lutheran, not yet a Jew
  • I am kissed
  • Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel
  • Attempts at linear time without references to special interests
  • The Walking Rainbow Enters Shul
  • Yes, it’s a monster; no, it’s not you
  • Halachic Daydream (Reprise)
  • Guess who ate the challah before they were supposed to?
  • Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling
  • A Prayer For A Non-Religious Autistic
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Jewish AA 12-Step Recovery
  • Disability Resources

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