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 All other pieces are previously unpublished.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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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: ELANA BELL

By Elana Bell: ELEGY FOR A MOTHER, STILL LIVING          The Lord gives everything and charges by taking it back. —Jack Gilbert I was formed inside the body of a woman who wanted me as she wanted her own life, allowed … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: DES LIENS INVISIBLES, TENDUS / TAUT, INVISIBLE THREADS

From DES LIENS INVISIBLES, TENDUS / TAUT, INVISIBLE THREADS Poems by Dara Barnat; Translations by Sabine Huynh: A BRILLIANT FISH We must choose each other again and again. The feeling is a brilliant fish you catch a thousand times. We … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: NICOLE ROLLENDER

THE FORMS OF SEEKING By Nicole Rollender Behind my father’s house, the lake is stained with floating water lilies, where deep marsh grass smells like want. Where we’re always returning. Swan wings extended, a flash of white and water. My … Continue reading

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