Brief Visits
Sonnets from a Volunteer Chaplain
Poetry
5.5 x 8.5, 64 pp.
Pub Date: 10/08/2012
  paper
Price:        $10.95

978-1-933896-88-5

Published by Texas Review Press
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Brief Visits

Sonnets from a Volunteer Chaplain

Susan Palwick

Susan Palwick, novelist and Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, volunteers four hours a week as a lay chaplain in the emergency room of a local hospital.  In The Emergency Department Sonnets, a single volunteer shift unfolds in forty-five sonnets, short poems allowing us to hear the many voices--the patients’, the staff’s, the chaplain’s--of the ER.  These stories, snippets of much larger ones, capture both the chaos and the beauty of the dramas unfolding every day in every hospital, where the human search for meaning is driven by stark reminders of mortality.

SUSAN PALWICK is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medical Education at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, where she teaches Narrative Medicine. She has published three novels and a short-story collection. She is a Licensed Lay Preacher in the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada.

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