Rueida Ali writes poetry she cannot live. When she’s not living through the glamor of her alias, she draws inspiration from the mundane, because she believes that’s where true beauty lies. Poetic inspiration comes at any moment in the day, and she is always ready, piling incomplete stanzas to each other in an endless Google document. For every poem that passes as slightly above mediocre, there are hundreds of vile poems that’ll be sent to the ends of the earth before they befall another human’s possession—yes, they can be that lousy.
"I decided to compose a poetry collection that allows one to delve into the complex thoughts of three important roles in medicine; all the poems focus on the double consciousness of either the caregiver, the doctor or the patient. The entire collection is based on emulating the narrative of Frances Burney’s 'Mastectomy,' reimagined in three different perspectives, while also emulating the forms and context of Hélène Cixous’ 'Laugh of the Medusa' and Amy Haddad’s 'Stereotactic Biopsy,' with the purpose of shedding light on a few of the many perspectives in the operation of a mastectomy."
"The Mercurial Minds of Medicine: A Poetry Collection,"
Digressions: Literary & Art Journal: Vol. 20, Article 19.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/digressions/vol20/iss1/19