Evening, Myocardial Infarction

Kate Bolton Bonnici // Of what can be felt: how the heart dwells At earth’s door, which is the gate of light Lowering leafèd veils in sequence. Slight Scent traces the familiar and the spell- Bound. What’s not dreamed? A hart swells Near to bursting at dusk’s blood birth: bright Sidereal dust, ventricle touched, twice-sight…

Blue Death

Dr Jac Saorsa, Artist-in-Residence//    Reach me a gentian, give me a torch!    let me guide myself with the blue, forked torch of a flower    down the darker and darker stairs, where blue is darkened on blueness,    even where Persephone goes…    (extract from Bavarian Gentians, D.H. Lawrence) For Wassily Kandinsky, the…

Narrative Medicine Spring Basic Virtual Workshop: A Brief Reflection

Amala Poli // On March 19th, I began attending a three-day Basic Narrative Medicine (NM) Workshop. Like much else in academia during the Covid-19 pandemic, the workshop was held virtually via Zoom sessions. Having attended panels and conferences in the last year on Zoom, I wondered about how this would translate the experience of being…

Interview: Lisa Olstein on Pain Studies

Micah Bateman // Lisa Olstein, the author of four collections of poetry, recently released a prose meditation on chronic migraine, Pain Studies (Bellevue Literary Press, 2020). Thinking through migraine and with migraine, Olstein’s study threads in and out of autobiography, history, philosophy, literature, pop culture, and more—making piquant stops along the way at Joan of…

Inadequate Shielding

Kate Bolton Bonnici // Inside the room someone breathes through a machine until at some point they will be moved to a smaller room & there will be no breathing machine & breathing will end in some version or another. (You get that this is code for what you don’t know how to say.) Outside…