Tag Archives: Spring 2011

Breese Nursing Home: an exploration of humanity and love

Ellen Jantzen Newport Beach, California, United States (Spring 2011)   I attended a nursing home Christmas party at the Breese Nursing Home in Illinois the week before Christmas, 2010 and was very moved by the residents and their families; it was a life-changing event for me. Before, while visiting my mother-in-law, I would divert my […]

Balloons

John A. Vanek St. Petersburg, Florida, United States (Spring 2011) Poet’s statement: Poetry provides a vehicle that takes me to places that logic won’t go, a way of understanding the incomprehensible, both in life and in medicine. I now prescribe poetry PRN (“as needed”), but warn that it may hurt a little. My poems are peopled […]

Always, Autumn Leaves

 John A. Vanek, MD St. Petersburg, Florida, United States (Spring 2011)Poet’s statement: Poetry provides a vehicle that takes me to places that logic won’t go, a way of understanding the incomprehensible, both in life and in medicine. I now prescribe poetry PRN (“as needed”), but warn that it may hurt a little. My poems are peopled […]

The Homemaker

Jessica A. Harder, MD Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Boston, Massachusetts, United States (Spring 2011) Poet’s statement: My poems explore moments of intense emotive experience, particularly themes of overwhelming awe and wonder, sensual delight, and excruciating empathy with those in pain or suffering. They also ponder the limits of human understanding, especially of science and […]

Desert blooms

Geraldine Gorman University of Illinois, Chicago, United States (Spring 2011) Springtime has come to the desert. It is subtle, but spring, nonetheless. I am here with a group of nursing students who are spending their break working with a humanitarian aid organization serving the undocumented border crossers. Some of us are in Nogales, which spans […]

Letters to Dad

Erin Brady University of Illinois, Chicago, United States (Spring 2011) My father died in an electrical accident. He had always been a skilled handyman, and he was beginning a major renovation on our new house. One Saturday afternoon, he was in the attic trying to get the sconces and the ceiling fan in the family […]

Streptococcus and me

Andrea Meyerhoff Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States (Spring 2011)   Alpha and Beta hemolytic streptococci grown on blood agar I respect the streptococcus. It is a bacterium—a whole genus of them—that excels at making people sick. It may shape a childhood understanding of illness, rupture ties that bind a family, or drive an […]

Teaching death

 Boris D. Veysman University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway, United States (Spring 2011) This story “Teaching Death” by Boris D. Veysman was originally published in Academic Medicine, 2005 Mar; Volume80(3):290.© 2005 Association of the American Medical Colleges Publication. “God! You chose me to watch over the life and death of your creatures. […]

Bold Flavor – Full Pockets

Jan  A. Jahner Palliative Care Services of Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States (Spring 2011) Poet’s statement: Fairly new to New Mexico, I am excited by the cultural and spiritual diversity that thrives under the high desert sun, and the stories that want to be told. The intimacy of an encounter in the unguarded moments […]

Reverse Birth

Helen Montague Foster, MD Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, United States (Spring 2011) Poet’s statement: I can’t remember if the TV show Ben Casey began or ended with the symbols for man, woman, birth, death, and infinity, but endings and beginnings intertwine in my heart, and depth perception comes from overlapping images. Here’s a poem overlapping […]