of those conditions—are too frequently downplayed, written off as a cry for attention, or entirely overlooked by friends, family, and a medical community more incentivized to treat diseases categorized as curable or terminal. In its dense cycles of assonance and internal rhyme, soft-focus slaughterhouse endeavors to mirror the frustrating throb of chronic pain’s flare-ups and remissions, and the corresponding cycles of hope and despair that accompany and punctuate their rhythm. From its opening poem recounting the “first burn” of childhood to its conclusion on the “coded signals” of pain’s artistic renderings, the project explores the challenges posed by seeking treatment for misunderstood or “invisible” conditions, self-medicating, communicating physical needs and limitations in relationships, empathizing versus competing with others in pain, romanticizing silent suffering, and the cruelty of religious solicitations based on divine healing.
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Our anthology issue. Work by: Dylan Krieger, Cyrus Cassells, Jody Stewart, Ona Gritz, Dan Simpson, and more.