“A Year Like None Other,” by Laura Van Prooyen (Poetry ’10)

2010 poetry alum Laura Van Prooyen was recently featured in the LEON Literary Review. Read an excerpt of “A Year Like None Other” below:

A Year Like None Other

That year all elective surgeries were cancelled, and I
was the only patient. Once my appendix was gone,
my abdomen cleared of the spill, I was neither
sick nor well. Recovering, but alone.

Because we are all in danger
of what we cannot see:  no visitors. A nurse
to help me shower, to check bandages when I pressed
the button to be seen.

I can move these days without fear in the company of scars.

Read this poem in its entirety here: http://leonliteraryreview.com/issue-10-laura-van-prooyen/