Please check out this journal of narrative medicine and discover the breadth and depth of what “narrative medicine” can mean. This issue looks at what we are all going through in this unprecedented times. I also have a poem, Here, ellipses in this newly released edition.
Poetry helps me find “the place beyond words.” We poets use words to point ourself and others toward those ineffable places. When this water of 'being' is running through me, I write for the joy of participating and the hope of learning something new. If my words then touch others I am rewarded a second time.
This wonderfully evocative and gorgeous Bristish journal Seisma, has an entire issue devoted to the relationships of neuroscience, creativity and many forms of art. I have a poem in this journal, currently online but eventually in print. I hope you will take some time to peruse it. My poem is on page 145. Yes, the journal is a large, but oh so worth it, read.
You will have to purchase it, I’m sorry, but it is hard to produce something this amazing without funds. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.
Many thanks to Whale Road Review and Katie Manning for publishing this very personal poem.
I am honored to have a poem recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). This poem took 6 years to arrive in its current form. It is inspired by my sister-in-law who died in 2014 of breast cancer. She’d beaten it once and had 7 years of remission before it came raging back. She was always optimistic, even days before her final breath.