Living on the Margins: Women Writers on Breast Cancer

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Presents the insights of eighteen women writers on their personal experiences dealing with breast cancer

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There's much more lost than just a breast when a woman finds herself "slip[ping] through cancer's narrowing noose." Women fight, reflect, reason, give thanks, rage, weep, and howl in these heartbreaking essays and poems as they lose mothers, husbands, futures, and sometimes, hope and faith. Stunning expressions of emotion will burn into your mind: "I want to snatch the scalpels from the surgeons' hands and plunge them into the earth where they'll cut no more.... I'd try to find my lovely pink nipples in the midst of my discarded flesh." "I want to thank [my breast] for all its kindness to me for so many years. Like a Navaho thanking the deer for surrendering its life." The reader as well as the writer feels tears welling at the reaction of one writer's 20-year-old son to her diagnosis: "Mom, it doesn't matter if you have two breasts, or one, or none, or three. I love you just the same and you're the best mom in the world." With so many powerful passages, you'll more than likely find yourself holding your breath as you read. --Joan Price

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Hilda Raz retired as a professor of english and women's and gender studies at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she was the Glenna Luschei endowed editor of Prairie Schooner, and is currently the series editor for poetry at the University of New Mexico Press. Her poems, essays, articles, and reviews have been published in books from University Presses of New England, Scribner's, Longstreet Press, Story Line Press, North Light Books, and the Bench Press. She has served as editor, scholar, and fellow at the Breadloaf Writer's Conference, and is a past president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. She has published thirteen books as a poet, nonfiction writer, and editor. Her collections of poetry include All Odd and Splendid, Trans, What is Good, The Bone Dish, and Divine Honors. She is the editor of several anthologies, including Living in the Margins: Women Writers on Breast Cancer and The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Writing. Her current writing projects include a book of poems, List and Story, and a nonfiction book about transitions. Raz received the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for Excellence in Literary Editing during the summer of 2010 and was also a final judge for the National Poetry Series in 2010.

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