I am happy to have a poem up at Persimmon Tree journal dealing with grief of various sorts. Feel free to pass it on. Mine is the second one, scroll down.
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.
I am happy to share this poem, The Body Lives Its Undoing, just published in the online journal Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. Take a look around this excellent journal for a variety of writing and art relating to illness, health, medicine and personal stories.
This the first poem to be published from my new project in conjunction with The Benaroya Research Institute. The project, titled, The Effects of Misdirection:How the Immune System is Led Astray, will include a chapbook of poems and original, visual art, along with some scientific images/scans. There will be readings in the fall with an opportunity for Q & A with some of the interviewees. As stimulus for the poems, I conducted 28 interviews with researchers, doctors/nurses, patients (both adults and teens) and caretakers. The artwork is courtesy of working visual artists who are connected to BRI or are patients or caretakers.
I’m happy to have a poem online in SWWIM EveryDay.
I am happy to announce the publication of my poem, Still Life Without Skull on April 17, 2018 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
While writing about the experiences my child and I have gone through is painful at times, I fundamentally believe that by trying to capture those moments, feelings and events in writing. I find an order from the chaos they brought. And I hope that these words might reach others who’ve gone through similar experiences, thereby making a connection and helping them feel less alone.