Posts Tagged "Rilke"

Cathedral of the Body, Continued

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Archive | 9 comments

Cathedral of the Body, Continued

Last Wednesday, I left you in the family waiting room of Munson Hospital while my sister had a very risky back surgery. I’ll bring you up to date. Once the surgeon saw what a mess her back was, he had to fuse four levels of her spine. “I don’t see how she stood the pain,” he said to us afterward. I got to the hospital at 6 a.m. and left at 10:30 p.m. We weren’t allowed to see her for hours after the surgery because they were trying to stabilize her blood pressure. (She no longer has a pituitary to do that work for her.) They pumped her so full of blood, platelets, and fluids to keep...

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Writing Horrible Things, Part III

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Archive | 3 comments

Writing Horrible Things, Part III

Hang on. This is a long one, the final of three posts about my book, The Devil’s Child.  Or, it’s really about writing about horrible, terrible, evil things, things so awful that there’s no way to write about them, but if we turn away, split away from even part of what’s true, we’re lost. I’ve thought about this a lot. If you are the character Barbara in these poems, who’s split away into multiple personalities to save herself—and then when you actually do split away by having a child,  you have to inoculate the child. A terrifying moment for me is when Barbara’s...

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