Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Poet’s statement: “In the NICU” is a piece that reflects upon a mother’s feelings of guilt and imperfection as she holds, for the first time, her own sick infant in the NICU. “The Tumor” involves a patient’s experience of being diagnosed with a brain tumor.
In the NICU
A pear tree in the yard grew crooked
Photography by Reinko Hallenga
Photography by Peter E. Lee
It started with a headache.
Today, he’ll have it removed.
LYDIA KANG, MD, FACP, is a practicing primary care internist with a background in palliative care medicine. She has been writing poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction for over five years, and her work has been published in JAMA, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three children, and enjoys blogging as a medical consultant for fiction writer’s imaginary health-related conundrums. Her first novel, CONTROL, will be published by Dial Books (Penguin) in 2013.