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POEMS BY CANCER PATIENTS

3 I entered the room, naked
by Nancy Louise Peterson
16 Prostate Cancer as a
Sporting Event
by Ric Masten
4 it's never been too late
by Nancy Louise Peterson
18 "Poor Devil!"
by Ric Masten
6 Farewell to Hair
by Terri Hanson
20 Finding God at
Montefiore Hospital
by Lorraine Ryan
8 There is a river
running in the
blood of him
by James McGrath
21 It seems we can live
with cancer now
by Bonnie Maurer
10 suddenly, life changes
by tommie ortega
22 The Answer
by Bonnie Maurer
11 before and after
by tommie ortega
24 Bi Bye-Bye, Buy
by Mary Milton
12 A Woman Argues with
the Casting Director
by Kathleen A. Rogers
26 The Cancer Patient
Talks Back
by Molly Redmond
14 the good doctors
by Ruthann Robson


POEMS BY CANCER PATIENTS

28 Because a world may
be called into being
by Gary Young
40 Oncology in Advent
by Bonnie Thurston
29 A Man Learning Women
by David Zeiger
42 Impotence
by Harvey Overton
32 Letters Received
by Denise Larrabee
43 Variations on My Room in
the Bone Marrow Unit:
In the Room of Cows
by Julie Moulds
34 When I inherit the star
by Lauren E. Alexanderson
21 It seems we can live
with cancer now
by Bonnie Maurer
36 Reminiscence
by Ruth Molly James
44 One Hundred and
Ten Days
by Julie Moulds
37 The Spy
by Marlene Rosen Fine
46 Midnight in the Pretty
Little House
by Greg Keith
38 The Breast
by Marlene Rosen Fine
47 First Summer
by Joan Annsfire


 

POEMS BY CANCER PATIENTS

50 When I had cancer
I thought
by Mark Sheffield Brown
58 Diamonds
by Marcia Renee Goodman
52 There's not a book on
how to do this
by Sharon Doyle
60 Bay Bridge/Rosh Chodesh
by Dori Ehrlich
54 How to Stay Alive
by Judith Strasser
62 How Will Death Arrive?
by Mildred Erickson Buzenberg
56 Reconstruction
by Lisa Katz


POEMS BY SPOUSES, PARTNERS, AND LOVERS

65 Julie Ann in the Bone
Marrow Unit
by John Rybicki
76 A Walk at Dusk
by Jere Truer
66 Outside the Bone
Marrow Unit
by John Rybicki
77 Numb
by Florence Weinberger
69 Diagnosis
by Natalie Olsen
78 Absence of Place
by Rev. Charles Brackbill
70 Guienea Pig
by Julie Cadwallader-Staub
80 Nephrostomy Tube Surgery
at Age Thirty-Four
by Karin B. Miller
72 This Month
by Julie Cadwallader-Staub
81 Greek
by Karin B. Miller
74 Slow Dancing at the
Med-Inn
by F. Richard Thomas
82 Odds
by Jane Eaton Hamilton
76 Chores
by Perie Longo
83 A Lesson
by Judy Rohm


POEMS BY SPOUSES, PARTNERS, AND LOVERS

84 Chocolates
by Marjorie Woodbury
94 Valentine's Day, 1975
by Patricia A. Joslin
86 The Seven Sorrows
by Nancy Madison Fitzgerald
96 Richard Leaving
by Ann Sanfedele
89 March 29, 1985
by Nancy Madison Fitzgerald
98 Mourning Doves
by Rebecca Wee
90 Survival Diptych
by David Graham
99 Widow
by Rebecca Wee
92 Elegy
by Tad Richards
102 The cancerous cell
by James Doyle


POEMS BY FAMILY MEMBERS

107 song
by Kevin Smith
117 mother, I am feeling
myself slip
by Luissa Joy Chekowsky
108 She's All Right
by Darci D. Schummer
120 Big Sale Today
by Carol Kapaun Ratchenski
109 Cigarettes
by Suzanne Frischkorn
122 Ready or Not
by David Sten Harrstrom
110 Poem of the Week
by Veneta Masson
124 After the Diagnosis
by Carolyn Hall
112 Not Listening
by Virginia Chase Sutton
126 Lucky
by Tony Gloeggler
114 I Will Breathe and Breath
by Jeanne Bryner
128 Palm Sunday
by Charles Oberkehr
116 History
by Vera Kroms
130 Five-Year Anniversary
by Kymberly Stark Williams


POEMS BY FAMILY MEMBERS

131 A Mother's Despair
by Mary H. Amundsen
146 Let Us Now Praise
by Judith McCombs
132 Shape Shifter
by Scott Wiggerman
148 Practicing My Goodbye
after He's Gone
by Jeffery L. Stangl
134 A Fantasy (Thirty
Years Later)
by Mary Gorder
150 In Cold Dreams
before Dawn
by Muriel Fish
136 Self-Examination
by Clinton B. Campbell
152 An Explanation to My
Dying Daughter
by Francie Freeman
138 In the Mirror
by John Grey
153 Courage
by Francie Freeman
139 Mother Eulogy
by Shannon Sexton
154 Yahrzeit
by Dr. Bonnie Salomon
142 Adagio for Ginny
by Karen Leahy
156 Windstorm
by Larry Schug


 

POEMS BY FAMILY MEMBERS

157 A Mother and a Daughter
by Elizabeth Ann Johnson
168 Again, July
by Kathleen Large
158 Red
by Elizabeth Ann Johnson
170 One Last Favor
by Marilyn L. Taylor
160 The Miracle of Milkweed
by Ross Klongerbo
172 Garden Variety
by Colette Giles Tennant
162 On the Beach
by Stephen J. Kudless
174 Persephone
by Janine Soucie Kelley
164 Making Pies in the Dark
by Elaine Wright Christensen
176 Sharing
by Sam Friedman
166 Chrysalis
by Brian Long


POEMS BY FRIENDS AND HEALTH ADVISORS

179 The Wrong Month
by Anthony Russell White
190 Double Mastectomy
by Ann Campanella
180 The diagnosis
by Majid Mohiuddin
192 The Door
by David H. Huffman, MD
182 Awkward Friends
by Laurel Winter
194 Pesach
by Elizabeth Rosner
184 She Asked for a Joke
or Poem
by Charles Rossiter
196 Leaving the Clinic
by Marilyn L. Taylor
186 My Friend
by Joanne Bergbom
198 Seed
by Floyd Skloot
187 Say Yes
by Marc J. Straus
199 In Remission
by Floyd Skloot
188 Rocky Road
by Marc J. Straus
200 To a friend now separated
from me by illness
by Gretchen Fletcher


POEMS BY FRIENDS AND HEALTH ADVISORS

202 Dinner Party
by Susan Steger Welsh
214 Untitled
by B.A. (Bonnie) St. Andrews
204 When Autumn Came
by Deborah Gordon Cooper
216 Empathetic Ode
by Dorothy Stone
205 The Widow Speaks
by John Manesis
218 Clay Pigeons
by Elizabeth Winthrop
206 There is a woman falling
by Karen Haas-Howland
220 In the Eighties
by Helen Schary Motro
208 I did not know his name
by Terri S. Hudson
222 Turban
by Suellen Kone Wedmore
210 For Lorraine
by Dr. Nelson L. Rhodus
224 Gifts
by Patti Marshock
212 Theology
by Sima Rabinowitz
226 Friends for Life
by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro


 

POEMS BY FRIENDS AND HEALTH ADVISORS

228 Lines for Spring
by Rebecca Pierre
239 Apartment on Third
and Brooks
by Kjersti Reed
230 For Nina on Her
Sixteenth Birthday
by Donna Pucciani
240 Glenn's Laugh
by Kjersti Reed
232 The Thirteenth Floor
by Davi Walders
242 Good Night
by Jo Nelson
234 The Daughter, the Moon
and Jamaica
by Kate Gray
244 Walk Me into the Morning
by Beth Shorr Jaffe
236 Hiking in the Anza-Borrego
Desert after Surgery
by Francine Sterle
246 An Oncology Nurse's
Tribute
by Barbara Hunt, RN, BSN
238 Snatching
by Christopher Gutkind
247 For a friend lying in
intensive care waiting for
her white blood cells to
rejuvenate after a bone
marrow transplant
by Barbara Crooker


ACCEPTING A NEW BODY

3 I entered the room, naked 56 Reconstruction
11 before and after 107 song
38 The Breast 130 Five-Year Anniversary

ACCEPTING DEATHY

89 March 29, 1985 158 Red
96 Richard Leaving 160 The Miracle of Milkweed
116 History 242 Good Night
117 mother, I am feeling myself slip

ANGER

37 The Spy 120 Big Sale Today
68 Diagnosis 139 Mother Eulogy
98 Mourning Doves 170 One Last Favor
99 Widow 205 The Widow Speaks
109 Cigarettes 214 Untitled

CELEBRATION

36 Reminiscence 230 For Nina on Her Sixteenth Birthday
82 Odds 246 An Oncology Nurse's Ode
130 Five-Year Anniversary 247 For a friend lying in
intensive care waiting for
her white blood cells to
rejuvenate after a bone
marrow transplant
146 Let Us Now Praise

UNDERSTANDING AND COMPASSION

84 Chocolates 200 To a friend now separated
from me by illness
138 In the Mirror 202 Dinner Party
156 Windstorm 208 I did not know his name
182 Awkward Friends 222 Turban
192 The Door 224 Gifts

COPING AND PERSEVERANCE

16 Prostate Cancer as a
Sporting Event
90 Survival Diptych
24 Bi Bye-Bye, Buy 112 Not Listening
29 A Man Learning Women 146 Let Us Now Praise
34 When I inherit the star 186 My Friend
43 Variations on My Room in
the Bone Marrow Unit: In
the Room of Cows
188 Rocky Road
44 One Hundred and Ten Days 190 Double Mastectomy
58 Diamonds 232 The Thirteenth Floor
70 This Month 239 Apartment on Third and Brooks
80 Nephrostomy Tube Surgery at Age Thirty-Four

DENIAL

12 A Woman Argues with
the Casting Director
179 The Wrong Month
112 Not Listening 180 The diagnosis

FACING DEATH

18 "Poor Devil!" 148 Practicing My Goodbye after He's Gone
46 Midnight in the Pretty Little House 152 An Explanation to My Dying Daughter
69 Guinea Pig 166 Chrysalis
76 A Walk at Dusk 204 When Autumn Came
86 The Seven Sorrows 206 There is a woman falling
96 Richard Leaving 228 Lines for Spring
124 After the Diagnosis 244 Walk Me into the Morning
144 Giving the Darkness Shape

FEAR AND DESPERATION

8 There is a river running in the blood of him 136 Self-Examination
10 suddenly, life changes 142 Adagio for Ginny
50 When I had cancer I thought 150 In Cold Dreams before Dawn
54 How to Stay Alive 156 Windstorm
58 Diamonds 162 On the Beach
65 Julie Ann in the Bone Marrow Unit 172 Garden Variety
66 Outside the Bone Marrow Unit 174 Persephone
72 Slow Dancing in the Med-Inn 187 Say Yes
74 Chores 190 Double Mastectomy
114 I Will Breathe and Breathe 212 Theology
122 Ready or Not 218 Clay Pigeons
131 A Mother's Despair 220 In the Eighties
132 Shape Shifter 226 Friends for Life

GRIEF

77 Numb 157 A Mother and a Daughter
78 Absence of Place 164 Making Pies in the Dark
92 Elegy 168 Again, July
94 Valentine's Day, 1975 196 Leaving the Clinic
98 Mourning Doves 205 The Widow Speaks
99 Widow 210 For Lorraine
134 A Fantasy (Thirty Years Later) 238 Snatching
154 Yahrzeit

HOPE AND JOY

4 it's never too late 83 A Lesson
6 Farewell to Hair 107 song
14 the good doctors 108 She's All Right
20 Finding God at Montefiore Hospital 110 Poem of the Week
22 The Answer 126 Lucky
28 Because a world may be called into being 128 Palm Sunday
32 Letters Received 153 Courage
47 First Summer 176 Sharing
52 There's not a book on
how to do this
184 She Asked for a Joke or Poem
60 Bay Bridge/Rosh Chodesh 194 Pesach
81 Greek 198 Seed
82 Odds 199 In Remission


HOPE AND JOY

234 The Daughter, the Moon and Jamaica 240 Glenn's Laugh
236 Hiking in the Anza-Borrego Desert after Surgery 247 For a friend lying in intensive care waiting for her white blood cells to rejuvenate after a bone marrow transplant


HUMOR

12 A Woman Argues with
the Casting Director
214 Untitled
24 Bi Bye-Bye, Buy 216 Empathetic Ode
26 The Cancer Patient Talks Back 220 In the Eighties
43 Variations on My Room
in the Bone Marrow Unit:
In the Room of Cows

QUESTIONING

40 Oncology in Advent 74 Chores
42 Impotence 102 The cancerous cell
56 Reconstruction 212 Theology
62 How Will Death Arrive?

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