My son Ike is sick, and he wants to come “home,” out of the nursing home.

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Madge McKeithen writes essays from New York and North Carolina on poetry, rare disorders, war, creativity, and change. She is the author of Blue Peninsula.

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“unlike almost any other book about poetry…rigorous, unsentimental, tough…”
Dinitia Smith, New York Times

“brutally honest…finely written and exquisite…”
Naomi Rand, Boston Globe

“sometimes eloquently metaphorical, other times blazingly direct…”
Karen Campbell, Boston Globe

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Books and Essays


(Re) An Ideas Journal, March 2021


Lumina, May 2018

To Uzbekistan and Back

Glassworks, June 2012

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Ike Dying Swan

For Families with Rare Disorders

Resources for parents of children with chronic degenerative diseases and thoughts from my own son's illness.

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