Ovarium

by Joanna Ingham | 23 June 2022
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Categories: Individual poets
Tender, loving and visceral, Ovarium is a pamphlet of poems about a giant ovarian cyst. The poet charts her journey with the cyst, from diagnosis to surgery to recovery, via a landscape of scanner rooms and hospital wards. The poems explore the impact of illness, and the body as a site of disgust and shame but also healing and endurance. Ingham's poems are forensic as she looks at the disorientating and sometimes patriarchal language of anatomy and medicine, and the way illness can change the relationship we have with our own bodies. I tried to think of you as fruit, growing against the sun-warm wall of my gut. Melon-headed, you nudged the leafy organs, dug out a place for yourself in the plot. I never guessed. I was only bloody earth to you, a coldframe full of light. - from 'Cyst'
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Tender, loving and visceral, Ovarium is a pamphlet of poems about a giant ovarian cyst. The poet charts her journey with the cyst, from diagnosis to surgery to recovery, via a landscape of scanner rooms and hospital wards. The poems explore the impact of illness, and the body as a site of disgust and shame but also healing and endurance. Ingham's poems are forensic as she looks at the disorientating and sometimes patriarchal language of anatomy and medicine, and the way illness can change the relationship we have with our own bodies. I tried to think of you as fruit, growing against the sun-warm wall of my gut. Melon-headed, you nudged the leafy organs, dug out a place for yourself in the plot. I never guessed. I was only bloody earth to you, a coldframe full of light. - from 'Cyst'
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