Chemo Side Effects: Memory

  • Posted on: 29 March 2015
  • By: monica.kidd_110

A paradoxically dazzling description of the effects of chemotherapy on the speaker’s linguistic memory: the speaker describes the experience of fishing for a word that keeps slipping just out of reach, through a series of gorgeously articulated metaphors. The experience is of a poet who’s able to seize on just the right words, to describe the experience of not being able to seize on just the right word. A virtuoso poetic performance, by a poet who knew whereof she spoke.

A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Elise Partridge spent her final years in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was the author of three books, Fielders Choice (2002), Chameleon Hours (2008), and the posthumous The Exile’s Gallery (2015).

University of Chicago Press
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Chameleon Hours
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Amanda Jernigan