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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
DNR | Amir Adam Tarsha | FALL 2013
A contemplation—about medical choices, before and after death.
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.
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.
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.
Leap Day | Carolyn Oliver | SPRING 2017
Goodbye over Facetime. Call ended.
John Forbes Nash. Jr. | Eleanor Levine | FALL 2014
When a beautiful mind meets an ugly illness, brilliance and chaos ensue.
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.
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.
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.