New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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.
My mother’s hysteric words rang as loudly as the shot that was fired—
Photography by Diane Hammond
MICHELLE JOY is a fourth-year medical student at Yale School of Medicine currently applying for psychiatry residency. She is editor of the Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, with publications therein as well as in The Examined Life and Connecticut Medicine. She has also edited several published books, written scientific articles, and was the 2011 Connecticut Geezers Book Award winner.