Poetry

Poetic Illness Narratives: Poetic expressions around or about being ill.

See also: Illness Narratives; Photography


“Good Housekeeping”

Somewhere a shelf of labeled containers
containing formalin and bits of flesh.
Somewhere a book waterlogs in a tub
while three-personed cells batter a body.
Aggressive. Invasive. Metastatic.
Somewhere a container labeled right breast

— A Poem by Steve Davenport Read More


From “Navigating the Old Road”

“I’VE BEEN DIAGNOSED…”

she said to me across the small

round table in the clattering coffee shop

on what had been a normal Tuesday morning.

— A Poem by Jan Spence Read More


“Illness and Vanity Reflected”

I stare in a bathroom mirror looking for
my thick, bushy eyebrows.
The ones I rarely ever pluck.
The shapeless ones.
The ones men have either been repulsed by or coveted.

— A Poem by Laura Ruberto Read More


“Little Girl Lost”

far above the dust & din

of ordinary traffic

& those places where

the others are

sipping their whiskey

& water

— A Poem by Gail Whitter Read More


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