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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.