Intima Archives | POETRY A-L by title


A Cute Kidney Failure | Sarah Safford | FALL 2016

Humor can manifest even in the face of illness.

Acoustic Tiles | Carol Smallwood | FALL 2015

Sometimes dreamy dissociation is a patient’s only escape. 

Admission Assessment | Rachel Betesh | FALL 2014

Discovery and recovery: The difficulties of finding the right words to describe an incoming patient's illness.

All The Girls Were There, and Gorgeous | Carlene Kucharczyk | SPRING 2017

A granddaughter listens to the clues of a life well-lived by her grandmother before the onset of Alzheimer's.

Apachetas | Lynn Lawrence | FALL 2011

An apacheta is a 'remembering stone' that honors those who have departed.

Aphasia | Jen Karetnick | FALL 2013

Losing the ability to understand speech creates its own kind of language.

The Appointment | Ronald Lands | FALL 2015

A wistful look through the eyes of a caregiver.

A Slice of Strudel | Joan Michelson | SPRING 2016

What does a slice of strudel have in common with an intimate moment and terminal illness?

Assisted Living Lullaby | Ellen Sazzman | FALL 2016

Some melodies evoke memories that continue to bring pleasure.

A Vacancy of Wings | Samantha Barrow | SPRING 2017

The realization of loss comes at unexpected moments.

Bathing My Mother | John C. Mannone | FALL 2017

A daily ritual can be an experience that changes the way we look at our world.

Beneath a Sycamore: Autism Revisited | Woods Nash | FALL 2013

The organic splendor of nature as seen from a particular point of view.

Berry Picking | Sara Adler | FALL 2016

Questions about what's in our food intrude on a simple outing.

Birds of Prayer | Sara Adler | FALL 2016

With feathers: The high flight of hope.

Borrowed Car | Lisa Kerr | FALL 2015

We drive toward a diagnosis, not always sure where we'll end up.

Breast Unit | Konstantina Georganta | SPRING 2014

Voices surround us, even in nature, when bodies are at war with themselves.

Breathe | Sheila Kelly | FALL 2017

Praying and trying to stay afloat amidst a pool of past memories.

Breathing In Hospice | Alina Siddiqui | FALL 2017

Settle into the rhythms of the dying. 

Bruits | Martin Seneviratne | FALL 2017

Listen, as cardiologists do, to the symphony of the heart.

Buried, Somewhere | Molly Fels | FALL 2017

Memory is ushered in through the holding of a hand.

Bypass | Benjamin Drum | Winner, 2013 Intima Essay Contest | SPRING 2014

Inside the operating room: an unexpected tableaux and a reckoning of sorts.

The Caregiver | Kristen Camitta Zimet | FALL 2013

The role of a caregiver goes far beyond taking care of a loved one's physical needs.

Carnival of Rust: Haiku Sequence | Lala Tanmoy Das | SPRING 2017

Lung cancer quietly devastates.

Chemistry of Prognosis | Kirk Hathaway | FALL 2017

There's solace in looking ahead to what might be ... and how love might survive.

Coming Back North | Bruce Jennings | SPRING 2017

Illness can take people in different directions — until they find their way back home.

Cartographer... | Laurel Jessup | FALL 2012

Life begins and a woman encounters the uncharted territory of a newborn baby.

The Chairs | Karen Loeb | FALL 2013

To vaccinate—or not: Remembering a parent's way of dealing with the decision.

Chemistry of Prognosis | Kirk Hathaway | FALL 2017

There's solace in looking ahead to what might be ... and how love might survive.

Cisplatin at 11:15 | Joseph Eveld | SPRING 2014

We recognize the contradictions inherent in any kind of treatment, but even more so in cancer care.

Close to the Flowers: Notes from a Tanzanian Orphanage | Woods Nash |           FALL 2013

Nurture the innocent—and watch them blossom.

The Commiphora Myrrah Tree | Wendy French | SPRING2016

A residue of resin remains after a tree is tapped; what's left of us when the inevitable happens?

Comma | L.N. Allen | FALL 2015

A misspelled word leads to a curiously profound reflection.

Cut it Out | Kee MacFarlane | SPRING 2013

A desperate request from a patient for the surgeon to cut her open, in order to make her whole again.

Dances with Pills | Jen Karetnick | FALL 2013

Heal, reveal, conceal: Medication can affect us and our symptoms in so many ways.

Dear Patient | Jen Hartmark-Hill | FALL 2017

When one listens closely, revelations come at the most unexpected times.

Dear Stephanie, It Made Sense | Hannah Baggott | SPRING 2015

Having an illness in common doesn't make you best of friends—or even sympathetic.

Diary of Psychiatric Meds Taken by Patient MS | Marjorie Sadin | FALL 2012

A list of what helped, what didn't—memories of medications and doctors and moments in treatment.

d.IF.ferent | Billie Holladay Skelley | FALL 2017

A look inside the isolating nature of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The "Difficult Patient" | Kendra Peterson | FALL 2017

Charting the difference between noticing suffering and not. 

Diving into the OR | Geoffrey Rubin | FALL 2017

An operation as oceanic excavation.

DNR | Amir Adam Tarsha | FALL 2013

A contemplation—about medical choices, before and after death.

Doctoring in Nicaragua | Greg Stidham | FALL 2017

Reflection and its rewards: A physician looks back with satisfaction on a job well done.

Dovetail | Zoe Mays | SPRING 2016

Cancer doesn't make sense. Did you expect it to? 

Drawing Dying Hands | Lauren Catlett | FALL 2014

The art of connection is a sketch in reality.

Dude, the Stage? | Sean J. Mahoney | FALL 2014

Cue applause: A patient is a kind of performance artist on an unfamiliar stage.

E.B. | Amy Caruso Brown | SPRING 2015

How suffering continues to revisit us, no matter how many times we experience it. 

Emergency Department | Stefanie Reiff | SPRING 2015

Sometimes what is witnessed in a hospital is experienced at the most unexpected moments.

Eva Borrisov | Joan Michelson | FALL 2015

Even the traces of past lives eventually vanish. 

Exchange | Wendy French | SPRING 2017

A glimpse into a quiet world.

The Faithful | Elisabeth McKetta | FALL 2015

A moment of care from a caregiver, questioning who cares.

Falling | Larry Oakner | FALL 2017

A series of events gives rise to questions about an incident in the past.

Family as Six Scenes | Ting Gou | FALL 2016

Those most familiar to us come together through stories.

Fear of Causing Pain | Irene Mathieu | SPRING 2015

The prick of a needle holds a host of emotions and memories.

Fanny (Your Monster) | Sarah Joyce | SPRING 2014

The many triggers of memory stir up complex associations.

For My Father, Lost | Larry Oakner | FALL 2017

Memories, found: A son relives a long-ago trip to the berry farm with his dad.

The Four Stages of Grief | Kate Steger | FALL 2014

Four stages of cancer. Endless stages of grief. A daughter grapples with her mother’s absence.

The Ghost of You | Rosie Garland | FALL 2013

A friendship lasts, to the finish line and beyond.

Glioblastoma | Carrie Gilman | SPRING 2017

What is seen by those afflicted isn't easily discussed or understood by others.

The Gurney | Lorri Danzig | FALL 2012

A hospital trip and a journey of illness marked by questioning, pain, and empathy.

Hands | Clare Constance | FALL 2014

Reynaud's syndrome doesn't halt the work of a compassionate caregiver.

Healing Hands | John C. Berens | SPRING 2014

Sometimes a patient sees what a doctor himself cannot see.

Heart Transplant | Schneider Rancy | SPRING 2017

In the space between illness and wellness, the body still yearns to be acknowledged.

Hospital Baby | Anne Merritt | SPRING 2017

A single precious moment in time can reveal multitudes.

Ictus | Ogundare Tope | SPRING 2017

The road back from a trauma can begin by taking the smallest of steps.

I Don't Feel the Same Anymore | Jonathan Meyer | FALL 2012

As a woman grapples with how illness has changed her body, her view of the world and herself changes too

I Kiss You | Tom Whayne | FALL 2013

Illness creates its own kind of intimacy between loved ones.

In the Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park | Leatha Kendrick | FALL 2013

Confronting mortality—especially a loved one's—comes at unexpected times.

Indigo | Susan Sample | SPRING 2014

A contemplation of the rhythm of water, treatment, and the memory of a father.  

Infectious | Doug Hester | FALL 2014

A change in the season brings its own form of light and enlightenment to our lives.

Intensive Care | Kristen Camitta Zimet | FALL 2013

Every day takes flight in its own way when confronting illness.

The Interpretation | Elle Silver | SPRING 2015

What do we learn from the test data? Much is revealed in the subjectivity of a diagnosis.

In The Shadow of Wings | Megan Maier | SPRING 2017

Trying not to listen to what you cannot hear. 

Intro to Physicianship | Lala Tanmoy Das | FALL 2017

A new physician undergoes the hardest test of the field.

I Was Satisfied With Silence | Mikki Aronoff | FALL 2017

Living away from the death of silence

John Forbes Nash. Jr. | Eleanor Levine | FALL 2014

When a beautiful mind meets an ugly illness, brilliance and chaos ensue.

Just in Case | Dylan Debelis | FALL 2017

Grief appears in both the obvious and inconspicuous occurrences after death.

Lamentations of Cancer | Janell Ball | FALL 2012

A poem about a daughter's experience of her mother's brain cancer and the ongoing battle her family faced.

Leap Day | Carolyn Oliver | SPRING 2017

Goodbye over Facetime. Call ended.

Letter to a 93-year-old Cadaver | Jennifer Stella | SPRING 2014

Revelations about dissection from a doctor who chooses not to distance herself from it.

Life After Prednisone | Larry Oakner | FALL 2017

Once treatment is provided, the smoke clears.

Limbless | Marilyn Arenas | FALL 2013

A nurse recalls the long painful process that ultimately results in a profound loss.

Line of Beauty | Arlene Weiner | SPRING 2015

Aesthetics of a surgical procedure: what doctors and patients see is often different.

Love Compounded | Mary Oak | SPRING 2016

How cancer spreads with terror everywhere, yet those who experience it are one of many.