Tag Archives: Poetry on Illness

SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: RHIANNON CONLEY

MURMUR by Rhiannon Conley “Did You Know? You can swim through the aorta of a blue whale.” I watched as two children swam, their soft hands like fins pushing themselves out of the open chamber of the imagined whale’s red … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: MAX RITVO

By Max Ritvo: Holding a Freshwater Fish in a Pail Above the Sea He strips health out of the water, reminding me of my mother. I walk in sea and hold my sweet fish above me, no small feat given … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: JANET R. KIRCHHEIMER

Wonder Beans By Janet Kirchheimer My father went each morning to his garden. He taught me to smell the soil to see if it was good, to feel the dirt slide across my hands, to never wear gloves, to stay … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: STACY R. NIGLIAZZO

By Stacy R. Nigliazzo: “Harvesting Her Heart after the Accident” first appeared in The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts/Matter Press. All other pieces are previously unpublished. Today’s poems appear here today with permission from the poet. Stacy R. Nigliazzo‘s debut … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: IN THE ABSENCE

From IN THE ABSENCE By Dara Barnat: IMPRINT I hear you’re gone and I fall with you. In that place part of me stays, like a hand in clay, even as I make rice for dinner, boil water, measure the … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: STATE OF GRACE: THE JOSHUA ELEGIES

From STATE OF GRACE: THE JOSHUA ELEGIES By Alexis Rhone Fancher: DYING YOUNG Midnight, and again I’m chasing sleep: its fresh-linen smell and deep sinking, but when I close my eyes I see my son, closing his eyes. I’m afraid … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: JEN KARETNICK

By Jen Karetnick: ON THE WAY TO SEDER, MY HUSBAND ANSWERS phone calls from patients, their parents or partners, repeating what he has already said half-a-dozen times in the office—“I know the auras are uncomfortable, but they’re better than grand … Continue reading

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