Tag Archives: James Rickert

Night upon the Moaning Ward

James Rickert (Winter 2010) Poet’s statement: This poem was written during the final days of my stem cell transplant for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and just after a fellow patient on the ward had died of complications similar to those from which I was suffering. It and other poems written during that time helped me face the […]

The Tyranny of Optimism – A Hectic in My Blood

James B. Rickert The Society for Patient Centered Orthopedics, Bloomington, Indiana, United States (Fall 2010) Poet’s statement: “The Tyranny of Optimism” was written after I had spoken to a cancer support group. I became angry when it became apparent that all of us had experienced well-intentioned healthy people asking us to do the impossible: put […]