Medmic: Poetry


Jane is an occupational therapist in Jackson, Mississippi, and the poetry editor at Medmic.

This poem originally appeared in Empty House Press.

Three Poems by Dave Malone

Dave Malone (he/him) holds degrees from Ottawa University and Indiana State. He is a poet and filmmaker who lives in the Missouri Ozarks. His newest poetry book is Bypass (Aldrich Press, 2023).


Woods Nash is an Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Houston Fertitta Family College of Medicine. My poems are in JAMA, Bellevue Literary Review, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

Two Mothers

Patricia Cannon has been a Registered Nurse at UCSF since 2001. She has worked in cardiac critical care, neurointensive care, hemeoncology, school nursing, and currently, in research. Her passion is her faith, photography, and the written word in all its forms. Brave Hearts was written during the pandemic and was previously published by Passagers Books.

Lying on the Patient Table–Gel on the Wand

Theodora Ziolkowski is the author of the novella On the Rocks, winner of a Next Generation Indie Book Award, and the short story chapbook Mother Tongues. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Short Fiction (England), among other publications. Previously, she has served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast and Fiction Editor for Big Fiction. She teaches creative writing as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Daughter Gesture

Biographical excerpt from her website: “If this were a resume, I would say that I went to Seattle University intending to become a nurse, but failed emotionally and turned instead to literature. A few years later I earned my Master’s Degree in English. While we lived in Illinois I pursued a Master’s in Library and Information Science and worked as a professional librarian for many years. After caring for my mother through a long illness until her death, I re-careered as a RN specializing in Hospice and Geriatrics, work I continue to practice. I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother.”

Routine (What the Neighbors Don’t See)

Shalini Rana is a poet from Virginia and an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation. Her poems appear in Copihue Poetry, Salt Hill, Pile Press, Rappahannock Review, wildness, Line Rider Press, Feels Blind Literary, and Anti-Heroin Chic. Find her at

Two Poems by Cynthia Parker-Ohene

Cynthia Parker-Ohene is an abolitionist, and therapist. She is an MFA graduate in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California, and the Chester Aaron Scholar for Excellence in Creative Writing. She is a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry, winner of the San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Poetry Prize. Her recent work has appeared or forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2022, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily.

The Hand in Repose

Amy Haddad, PhD, MSN, MFA, FAAN has educated nurses and pharmacists at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska since 1988 where she also held the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences. In addition, Amy served as Director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University from 2005 – 2018 and now holds the rank of Professor Emerita.