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Diary of Our Fatal Illness

Charles Bardes

Diary of Our Fatal Illness

Charles Bardes

64 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780226468020 Published March 2017
E-book $18.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226468167 Published March 2017
This moving prose poem tells the story of an aged man who suffers a prolonged and ultimately fatal illness. From initial diagnosis to remission to relapse to death, the experience is narrated by the man’s son, a practicing doctor. Charles Bardes, a physician and poet, draws on years of experience with patients and sickness to construct a narrative that links myth, diverse metamorphoses, and the modern mechanics of death. We stand with the doctors, the family, and, above all, a sick man and his disease as their voices are artfully crafted into a new and powerful language of illness.
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"Poet and physician Charles Bardes presents a work of prose poetry with elements of eulogy, ode, and tragedy as he follows his father's grievous two-year battle with cancer....In this challenging book of a father and son confronting disease and death, Bardes questions closely what it means for life to lend itself to death."
Susan Stewart, author of Red Rover
“In his Diary in the form of a prose poem, Charles Bardes traces the works and days of a twilit ordeal of love and suffering. With Ovidian power and moral clarity, he tells how a man of the sea is given over to fire and a father and son are annealed.”
Michael Collier, author of An Individual History
“Fashioning a remarkable and truly original account of an octogenarian father’s two-year battle with cancer, Bardes tells a powerful, allusive, and richly layered human fable about our common and ‘fatal metamorphosis.’”
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