My body held poetry for ransom,
first with a little finger
[accidental pizzicato], next
my left foot.
The price was high, mind had to pay up
to make room for the lyric line.
The bootie crossed the blood-brain barrier,
[nothing to do with fair trade]
—poetic packets of plasma data
on the back of stealthy protein
hugged the perimeter,
stole through the interior
over the border—
words worth their weight
Through determination, rage and the embrace of every moment, Kim Clark shows us she is not the victim of the disease, which is Multiple Sclerosis, and not the survivor, but master of the art of living regardless of the pain that interrupts her will.
This manuscript is not for the glossy catalogues of platitudes that glaze over raw emotion. Nor is it for the museum of documented sufferings. This is the literary vivisection of a particular life displayed without pity. As you read each page you will laugh and cry and be thankful for getting to know Kim through her unapologetic disclosures.
About Kim Clark
Disease and desire, mothering and the mundane propel Kim's ongoing journey between poetry and prose. Her debut fiction collection, Attemptations (Caitlin Press), was launched in 2011 and one of its novellas has been optioned for a 90 minute feature film. Kim’s work can be found in Body Breakdowns (Anvil Press), the Malahat Review, and e-zines and other publications in Canada and the U.S.. She lives in Cedar on Vancouver Island.
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Cover image: “Mushroom” photo © 2012 Janet Vickers
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