Robin Morgan – No Signs of Struggle

Robin Morgan is a poet, and she happens to have Parkinson’s Disease.

In her poem ‘No Signs of Struggle’ she describes how PD causes many aspects of life to get smaller – posture, gesture, speed of movement, handwriting, even facial expression. She feels it, and she sees it in her clinic companions.

But her poem also expresses a sense of something beautiful: because someone with Parkinson’s Disease needs to concentrate so intently to achieve each and every movement that was previously automatic, and this in turn entails a mindful being in the present which was previously impossible in the daily … Read more...

Lisa Genova – Left Neglected

The challenge: how to portray someone’s experience of the world which is ‘normal’ but only incorporates half of it – a bit like writing about are awareness of what is behind us. Sarah, the central character of Lisa Genova’s novel, is conscious of herself and of herself in the world, but the bit she is conscious of is her right side only. The focus of the novel is Sarah’s experience of the world without her neglected left side. In other words, the novel is about what the narrator is unaware of – so how does that become the subject of … Read more...