Chemo Scrambled My Brain

April 24, 2017
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After three weeks, she recovered. And the experience led Webster to write Chemo Brain, a poem about how the drug scrambled her thinking.

Poetry, she says, has a way of trimming “away every extraneous word until the essence shines through.”

These days, she writes essays and poetry full-time. Webster’s first collection of poems, A History of Nursing, was nominated for a 2008 National Book Award. She’s currently working on a second anthology and a novel about a nurse involved in a murder mystery.

“I’m a nurse,” she says. “It’s what I know.”

image: By Tom Harpel from Seattle, Washington, United States – Flickr, CC BY 2.0,

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