Intima Archives | POETRY
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.
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?
Beneath a Sycamore: Autism Revisited | Woods Nash | FALL 2013
The organic splendor of nature as seen from a particular point of view.
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.
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.
The Faithful | Elisabeth McKetta | FALL 2015
A moment of care from a caregiver, questioning who cares.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Man From Sierra Leone | Zach Williamson | SPRING 2013
A case presentation and follow-up recommendations are told through rhyme.
Maroon | Elsa Asher | SPRING 2013
Miscarriage. The word known long before uttered.
Meningioma | Lorri Danzig | FALL 2012
A tumor changes a life in an instant: this poem explores how to process such a powerful diagnosis.
Mi Jardin / My Garden | Emma Rivera | FALL 2011
Nature and its straightforward beauty brings solace in any language.
My Grandpa | Meghan Wang | SPRING 2013
Our memories live with those who love us.
My Favorite Piece | Jacob L. Freedman | SPRING 2015
Two doctors, twin brothers, and one Brahms' concerto add up to an evocative reflection.
The Nacirema | Joanna White | FALL 2015
The baffling medical rites and customs of an exotic culture
Needle | Sara Backer | FALL 2015
A description of needles in many forms, as they pierce through the various aspects of life.
Ode to Color | Karen George } SPRING 2014
Healing comes in many forms and myriad hues.
Out in the Open | Deborah Gorlin | FALL 2015
A description of a modern surgeon, a "latter day shaman," and his craft.
Overwhelmed | Kendra Peterson | SPRING 2013
A patient-physician encounter of being presented with difficult news.
Pathways | Elizabeth Adler | FALL 2015
A touching description of one's person pathway from health to sickness
The Phone | Samantha Greenberg | SPRING 2015
A simple act—like responding to a loved one who is ill—calls up conflicting emotions.
The Physician Bears Witness | Lorenzo R. Sewanan | FALL 2012
A look into the rich inner world of a physician, and its dynamic, ever-changing role, as a patient seeks a cure, an answer, and eventually some humanity
Pink Slip | Samantha Barrow | FALL 2014
Watching the body change at a moment of profound change.
Post-Call | Emily Sorg | SPRING 2014
A return to daily life, post-call, after witnessing a trauma.
Pre-Elegy for John | Meghan Adler | FALL 2014
Grief poems are a way to say good-bye, especially when one can record the memories, like this poet did during a loved one's years of living with Parkinson's.
The Price of A Cure | Wendy French | SPRING 2015
Hunger, deconstructed: When there is a full menu of options but nothing on our plates
Procurement | Doug Hester | FALL 2014
Nature lives and breathes outside and inside the OR.
Rehab | Tom Whayne | FALL 2013
All of the paraphernalia of recovery may not equip us for the changes that occur.
Room 915 | Emily Yuan | SRING 2013
A hospitalized man reveals what's hidden beneath his off-putting exterior.
Signing the Order | Virginia Boudreau | SPRING 2016
A graceful account of the difficulty of end of life conversations.
Six Ways of Looking at a Friend | Thomas Nguyen | SPRING 2016
There is more than one way to perceive a struggle.
Speed Dating by Type | Doug Hester SPRING 2015
Blood group systems and red blood cells, reimagine
Survivors| Susan Kaplan | SPRING 2013
A mother reflects upon her premature twins.
There is a Dreadful Hell Within Me | Wendy French | SPRING 2016
A line from a long-ago poet prompts a meditation on madness.
Three Months... | Lynn Pattison | SPRING 2016
Three months as a beginning of something or the end of something greater than what came before?
Thinner | Lauren Catlett | FALL 2015
Illness transforms the body; our memories strike us when we see what it does.
The Waiting | Dorothy Woodman | SPRING 2013
We have all been there, in that room, not fully understanding why.
Want/Change | Caroline Randall Williams | FALL 2011
Nature and the cycle of the seasons open our eyes to endings and beginnings.
Washing with Alzheimer's | Christine Nichols | FALL 2014
The learning curve of illness extends to our day-to-day rituals
What Do the Dying Want? | Sara Baker | SPRING 2015
Time presents us with many questions we struggle to answer. This one may be the hardest.
When He Found Out | Jennifer Adaeze Anyaegbunam | FALL 2011
Parents may not share the news about a death in the family, but that can make the telling more charged.
Writing Elegies Like Robert Hass | Jenny Qi | FALL 2015
Memory's power in the face of grief.
Zodiac | VyVy Trinh | SPRING 2013
The stars have written many stories. Some endings are harder to see.