Intima Archives | POETRY A-F 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.
Adult ADHD Screening Questionnaire | Kathy Tran | SPRING 2018
A medical questionnaire provides glimpses into a whirring, tumbling mind
After a Year in Hospitals | Alida Rol | SPRING 2018
When a brother's life flashes before a sibling's eyes, years of love, laughter and pain pierce the final silence.
After CPR Stops | Marta Christov | FALL 2018
Tell this to her husband when she dies
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.
Anatomy in Nature | Jesse Holth | SPRING 2018
An astute observation of botanical anthropomorphism and nature in the shape of humans.
An Inventory of Potions in Tanka | Elizabeth Morton | FALL 2018
Personalities of potions in poetic display
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.
Aphasia | Jennifer Wolkin | FALL 2018
Questions of meaning: Understanding words that are not understandable
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.
At the Green Burial Informational Luncheon | Ingrid Andersson | SPRING 2018
Musing on where to place the body of a loved one when they pass
A Vacancy of Wings | Samantha Barrow | SPRING 2017
The realization of loss comes at unexpected moments.
A White Feather Falls at My Feet on the Anniversary of Your Death | Dianne Avey | SPRING 2018
Writing an elegy becomes an exercise in listening closely to one's beloved.
Bathing My Mother | John C. Mannone | FALL 2017
A daily ritual can be an experience that changes the way we look at our world.
Becoming a Doctor | Brent Schnipke | SPRING 2018
Trials and tribulations inspire this riveting and enlightening description of both ends of the spectrum of becoming a doctor—from the gritty details to the luminescent.
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.
Black is the Color | Richard Kravitz FALL 2018
Reflections on the color and physicality of a cancer diagnosis
Bodies Revealed Exhibition | Joanna White | FALL 2018
A woman visits a museum with her children and is haunted by the medical terrors of her past
The Body Lives Its Undoing | Suzanne Edison | SPRING 2018
An exploration into control versus chaos in the sick body
Borrowed Car | Lisa Kerr | FALL 2015
We drive toward a diagnosis, not always sure where we'll end up.
Brain as Timepiece | Jennifer Wolkin | FALL 2018
A clinician and a patient with Dementia, and the evaluation of consistently fleeting moments
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.
Cancer Speaks in Tongues | Suzanne Edison | FALL 2018
The vernacular of cancer is varied and vast, with sounds that resound time and time again.
Captain’s Song | Marta Christov | FALL 2018
There’s still time before the crash to consider what’s come before it.
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.
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.
Nurture the innocent—and watch them blossom.
Coming Back North | Bruce Jennings | SPRING 2017
Illness can take people in different directions — until they find their way back home.
Comma | L.N. Allen | FALL 2015
A misspelled word leads to a curiously profound reflection.
The Commiphora Myrrah Tree | Wendy French | SPRING 2016
A residue of resin remains after a tree is tapped; what's left of us when the inevitable happens?
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.
The Delivery | Scott Ruescher | FALL 2018
The beauty of midwifery in an indigenous community
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.
Disheartening News | Alina Plavsky | SPRING 2018
Sometimes there are only bad signs, no matter where you look.
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.
Dorothy’s Hands | Pamela Hart | SPRING 2018
An attentive tribute to what happened to Dorothy's body over the years.
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.
Driving | Meg Lindsay | FALL 2018
A caregiver makes a life or death decision.
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.
Entering the Sick Room | Cortney Davis | FALL 2018
How to be the bearer of news.
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.