Robert Lovitt - Poetry & Such

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Pen & Paintbrush

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Oy. The big big challenges. Cancer, illness, doctors, tests, treatments, ceaseless caregiving…. death and widower-ship…

 

Is it possible to steer through (and stay sane!) the medical maze, the radiation treatments, the flapping open in the back examining gowns, the worried friends, the want to be helpful but don’t know how to be - family members?

 

This book is a poetic map and artistic checklist for other couples or individuals who find themselves traversing any similarly perilous journey.  It is a compassionate chaperon for caregivers. Need a map? Need a flashlight? That is what Fischer and Lovitt offer you in their unusual collaboration of poetry and art, this advice-free and happyface-free tool chest.

 

from this math of misery:

…watching my wife

walk down that dull-green carpeted hallway

stepping bit by bit

towards the radiation treatment room

 

open towards the back

her loosely tied hospital gown

flaps slightly unfastened -

underneath the thin cotton wrapping

her innocent skin weeps-

burnt, crimson, blistered

 

she walks unevenly

- the pain meds kicking in…

 

from tongue:

…but the point is that when one of you dies

(no matter if it is by car accident,

in a crush of falling material objects

or by cancer - whatever)

then the language that you had created together now has

only one speaker

and no one who can listen

 

not to compare to more immense tragedies,

but one thinks of the indigenous languages

that over time wither and are plowed under by the

efficient immense metal plow of the standard language

or of refugees who stop using their own native tongue

like my grandparents

who solemnly learned how to round their vowels

and inflect

the way the folks

in their new world of circumstances did…

 

Does this book have a happy ending?

Spoiler Alert: it has a cheerful ending, one that transcends happy or sad

To contact us:

Robert Lovitt

3029 46th Ave NE

Olympia, WA 98506-9601

Email:  lovitthere [at] comcast.net