Diary of Our Fatal Illness, Paperback / softback Book

Diary of Our Fatal Illness Paperback / softback

Part of the Phoenix Poets series


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780226468020



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