This piece, “You Owe Me” from the Michigan Quarterly Review is truly beautiful reading and very, very interesting.. but you will cry your heart out. The writer, Miah Arnold teaches poetry and prose writing to children with cancer.
Students don’t often address their cancer directly, in the day-to-day of the classrooms. They write about thunderstorms, or animals, or when they’re being more serious, about family and the homes they left behind. However, conquering insurmountable odds and tricking fate are common themes. When they do write directly about their cancer, they don’t write poems, they write essays detailing their experience. Except when a child is about to die. Then they often choose poetry, they often speak directly to God. These poems are angry or they are hopeful.
Thanks to @kissability for the link.