Intima Archives | POETRY M-Z by title
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.
New Epileptic | Greg Stidham | FALL 2017
Nerves, pens, and breath conspire to create a telling moment.
Not Every Homemade Thing | Katherine Seluja | SPRING 2017
Inviting Parkinsons over for dinner.
NSCLC | Sydney Sheltz-Kempf | FALL 2017
Knowledge and time change the way we witness a loved one's final moments.
Ocean Bloom Across The Operating Table | Shabnam Shehan | SPRING 2017
A physician, a parent, and a shared grief.
Ode to Color | Karen George } SPRING 2014
Healing comes in many forms and myriad hues.
Ode to Melatonin | Jen Karetnick | SPRING 2017
Shakespeare frames dreamless sleep of a Parkinson's patient.
Ode on a Styrofoam Cup | Christopher Adamson | FALL 2017
Details come into sharp focus at a pivotal moment in time.
Oh, God | Sanjay Chainani | FALL 2018
An examination of a patient’s feelings and faith in the face of his imminent death.
Old Men | John C. Mannone | FALL 2016
Four friends meet at the diner for breakfast and puzzles
Operation Room | Emma Callen | FALL 2018
A request for compassion during a moment of vulnerability.
Order | Catherine Klatzker | FALL 2017
In chaos, sometimes all we have to hold onto is order.
Osteosarcoma | Sarah Shirley | SPRING 2017
Tangible loss cloaked with piercing love: Bravery once removed.
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.
Oxygen | Hollis Kurman | FALL 2018
Coming to terms with the things we take for granted
Palliation | Sarah Shirley | SPRING 2017
A reflection of a lifetime, literally. The slightest minutiae of life grows in stature as one's own comes to a close.
Parsonage-Turner: Pathologic Study | Schneider Rancy | FALL 2017
A meditation on the way our bodies work—or don't.
Pathways | Elizabeth Adler | FALL 2015
A touching description of one's person pathway from health to sickness
Perfusion | Lois Leveen | FALL 2018
A portrait of a perfusionist, or cardiopulmonary bypass doctor, at work
Prayers for the Sick | Susan Baller-Shepard
All of a sudden, the vulnerability of a son, or your best friends, call into question what to do.
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.
Push | Ocean | SPRING 2018
Engagement promotes a poignant exchange filled with anticipation and prescience.
Rehab | Tom Whayne | FALL 2013
All of the paraphernalia of recovery may not equip us for the changes that occur.
Relapse | Carolyn Welch | SPRING 2018
A mother expresses the depth of mental illness in the back drop of the ordinary.
Room 915 | Emily Yuan | SRING 2013
A hospitalized man reveals what's hidden beneath his off-putting exterior.
The Sculptor and The Scalpel | Nilofar Hassanzadeh | FALL 2018
A surgeon is an artist and a performer with graceful, sometimes mortal, strokes.
Self Portrait as an Anatomy Lab Cadaver | Lisa Kerr Dunn | FALL 2017
Dissecting the misplaced ownership of women's reproductive organs.
She Waits | Sheila Kelly | FALL 2017
Commitment to care takes a toll, even for a daughter who's there at the ready.
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.
Sovereign and Severe | Woods Nash | FALL 2016
Reflecting on being transported to life in Moshi, Tanzania.
Specimen A | Tharshika Thangarasa | FALL 2017
Anatomy lessons provide more than just a clinical education when one takes a moment to reflect.
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.
Tandem | Joan Michelson | FALL 2016
Turn of phase: The turning wheels of the bicycle, of marriage, and of life.
Tata | Christopher Adamson | FALL 2018
Remembrances—of a grandmother, a philosopher—make for a lasting memory.
Tense | Anne Vinsel | FALL 2016
Love inside and outside of time.
There is a Dreadful Hell Within Me | Wendy French | SPRING 2016
A line from a long-ago poet prompts a meditation on madness.
They Sold My Brain to Science | Sarah Sparks | SPRING 2018
Funny business informs this humorous take on organ dissection and preservation.
Thinner | Lauren Catlett | FALL 2015
Illness transforms the body; our memories strike us when we see what it does.
Three Months... | Lynn Pattison | SPRING 2016
Three months as a beginning of something or the end of something greater than what came before?
The Tunnel | Lisa Alexander Baron | SPRING 2018
Two children visit their mothers at the sanatorium.
Under Morning Sun in a Cloudless Sky | Ellen Sazzman | FALL 2016
Weather forecast: A journey of life, loss and ownership.
Underground | Caitlin Gildrien | FALL 2018
The myth of Persephone plays a haunting part in a medical procedure
Untitled | Sollette Doucet | FALL 2018
A prescription for treatment doesn’t always mean you’re cured.
Vanishing Point | Ting Gou | FALL 2016
A physician at sea appreciates daily life.
Vestibular | Bekka DePew | SPRING 2017
Love catches you when you fall down.
Visible Signs | Meg Lindsay | FALL 2018
Small talk with the oncologist can’t mask what’s really being said.
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
Watching a Synesthete IRL | Jennifer Wolkin | FALL 2018
Travel through the different seasons of sounds as the human body flows through digestion.
Wernicke-Korsakoff | Sarah Shirley | SPRING 2017
Teasing out the person from the illness. Kübler-Ross transitions at its best.
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.
What Was, Still Is | Alida Rol | FALL 2018
This memory poem looks back with compassion at a long-ago procedure.
What Will I Do With You | Charlotte Friedman | SPRING 2018
Nuance and narrative: A daughter tries to come to terms with her mother's illness and impending death.
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.
Why I Changed My Ringtone | Charlotte Jones | SPRING 2017
A compelling way to say goodbye.
Writing Elegies Like Robert Hass | Jenny Qi | FALL 2015
Memory's power in the face of grief.
X-Ray | Harriet Heydemann | FALL 2018
Shadowy and smoky, X-rays reveal the mysteries of a body.
Zodiac | VyVy Trinh | SPRING 2013
The stars have written many stories. Some endings are harder to see.