A Model for Humble Commitment in Medicine

Vishesh Jain // Ostensibly, Wintersmith is a novel about witches. It follows young Tiffany Aching as she works as an apprentice and learns how to manage the vast and unexpected responsibilities of witchcraft. The reader, like Tiffany, may expect magic spells and supernatural phenomena to fill her life, but these constitute a fraction of her…

Silent Mournings and the Pandemic Blues: Remembering the Dead

Melissa Maldonado-Salcedo // I’d play on loop Joe Walsh’s “Life of Illusion” as I watched the news for days. For the first couple of months, I became fixated on the body count numbers. I have generally maintained an apoplectic attitude towards death (theoretically), knowing full well that this is one of life’s certainties, we die….

Zombie Apocalypse 2022(?): A Personal Struggle With Vaccines

Brenda Tyrrell // I admit it. I have not gotten a flu vaccine for nearly twenty years. While some readers may be shocked at this confession, I am betting there are a few that may boast of an even greater number of years. I’m technically not an anti-vaxxer – I’m vaccinated for the Big Ones…

The Poetics of Chronicity (review)

Travis Chi Wing Lau // Michael J. Leach. Chronicity. Melbourne: Melbourne Poets Union, 2020.             How does the temporality of chronic pain become registered in poetic form? This has long been a question that I have been pursuing in my own crip poetic project as a disabled poet living with scoliosis-related disabilities. If, per Elaine…

Subjective objects

Madeleine Mant // As an anthropologist of health, I am deeply invested in both bodies and objects relating to bodies. I want to know how access to healthcare becomes embodied in varied sets of data, from human skeletal remains to institutional records to material culture. Traces of lived lives wait quietly, some beneath the soil,…

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…

How 27 Years in Prison Prepared Me for Coronavirus

Lawrence Bartley // If there’s one thing people who spent a long time in prison have acquired, it’s the ability to adapt. Originally published in The Marshall Project on April 7, 2020. Republished with permission from the author. When I need to go to my local supermarket, I suit up with latex gloves I got…