NaPoWriMo: Day 8

The Problem

feels torqued
I slip, a virtuoso
too obscure to peg into a puzzle board

my bumbling body
converts skies, lands rainwater
it pools in statistics

symptom conversion
disordered illness as shadow puppets
I was overlooked

corroding acronyms,
symptoms to reframe my dis-ease
then there’s the neglect

women accused
of playacting, the lead role,
director, you weren’t that convincing


This found poem is very special to me. It was constructed from an essay by poet, essayist, and science writer Kate Horowitz. It’s called Performance of a Lifetime: On Invisible Illness, Gender, and Disbelief; and you can read it here.

She very generously allowed me to use her work for my erasure poetry project. We met on Instagram, and because we are both affected by a chronic health condition, I guess a sort of understanding grew very quickly. She’s also a brilliant poet and I highly recommend you read her work!



New poem in Rogue Agent journal

image shows a concrete wall, half-tiled with green tiles. Text reads: new poem, The Trip Up.The Trip Up is a poem about feeling different because of a chronic illness. When people find out, or when you tell them, reactions are mostly uncomfortable. In one moment you become “an other” and people become unsure around you.

You can read the poem here in the latest issue of Rogue Agent.