Tag Archives: Spring 2012

A perfect day

Mike Ellman, MD The University of Chicago, Illinois, United States Hematology rounds start with chalkboard presentations. After posting the admission date, the laboratory results, the hospital course, and our recommendations, we hunch over microscopes to view the blood smears and bone marrow aspirations before marching en masse to the patients’ rooms. As the senior resident […]

Answers to Literary Quiz – #3

  Philip Roth: The Anatomy Lesson Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles George W. Bush: Decision Points Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility Sinclair Lewis: Main Street George Eliot: Middlemarch Woody Allen: Sandor Needleman in Side Effects Oliver Sacks: Witty Ticcy Ray in The Man who Mistook his […]

Literary Quiz – #3

FIRST SENTENCES OF GREAT CLASSICS TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE! When he is sick, every man wants his mother; if she’s not around, other women must do. I confess that at these words a shudder passed through me. In the last year of my presidency, I began to think seriously about writing my memoirs. The Nellie, a […]

December Fall

James O. Ballard Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States (Spring 2012) Poet’s statement: Those of us who care for patients at the end of life realize the importance of closure (i.e., the settling of unfinished business, misunderstandings, and disputes between patients and their families and friends before death). This poem begins and […]

Retired Hurt

J.M.S. Pearce, MD Hull Royal Infirmary, United Kingdom (Spring 2012) Poet’s statement: Lines on retirement written years ago in a transient mood of reflection, not depression.   Retired hurt1 What is this life with time to spare, There’s too much time to stand and stare. No breakfast rushed, no traffic race No bureaucrat’s unsmiling face. […]

Ripping Point

Michelle Joy Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (Spring 2012) Poet’s statement: This poem came forth as an expression of coping with the violent experience described within, which transpired some years ago to my younger, very loved brother.                                                                                                                        Ripping point My mother’s hysteric words rang as loudly as the shot that was fired— […]

Memory – Grandpa Louis

Eleonore Blaurock-Busch, PhD Micro Trace Minerals Laboratory, Hersbruck, Germany (Spring 2012) Poet’s statement: Poetry allows us to summarize human and world issues in condensed lines and emotion. By condensing, we focus on that which we consider important.   Memory He is old now, my older brother. Hip and knee replacement, the prostatectomy took a toll. […]

In the Spider’s Web – Landscapes – Intelligent Design

Daniel Thomas Moran, DDS Boston University, Massachusetts, United States (Spring 2012) Poet’s statement: “In the Spider’s Web” is about a visit I made to see my late grandfather at a nursing facility in Michigan as he was suffering from the final stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. This poem was included in my collection From HiLo to […]

Finding a Voice: poetry and images

  Donald Roach Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter, Omaha, Nebraska, United States (Spring 2012) Poet’s statement: This poem was created out of a life of childhood abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, desperation, and recovery, enabling me to rediscover a life worth living, an affirmation of the human person, and a new-found face.   Sober eyes You […]

Beyond: The art of Tim Lowly

Tim Lowly North Park University, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Spring 2012) I make paintings: trying to get out of the way. Most of the work that I have done in the last 30 years has been realistic towards the goal of engaging the viewer. That said, this “clarity of representation” has generally featured subjects that […]