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My mom had her first mastectomy in 1949 when she was pregnant with me.  Things were different then. Mom and her contemporaries had no support after mastectomy. They had the surgery, were sent to get fitted for prostheses … and that was that. There were no hospital or clinic classes in art and poetry for healing. There were no support groups, no talk therapy. Perhaps worst of all, there was no privacy about medical records. My mother actually turned… Read More

if my voice was an angel voice i’d sing you into ecstasy if my hand was a healing hand i’d touch you into grace would that i could measure poems to turn tears into light to put dance in your feet if i knew my own soul, i could touch the tarnished silver of yours and bring your smiles back again © 2017, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved WRITING… Read More

I first encountered Shane Koyczan’s work when he presented his poem We Are More at the 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver.  Like so many others, I was enraptured and sought out more of his poetry.  At that time all that was available were a few YouTube videos.  Since then, Shane has been on many tours and has published three books and a studio album. He is fast, furious, funny, compassionate and human. His ideals are… Read More