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Someone Else's Pain
Poetry Editor Jason Schneiderman on “Someone Else’s Pain” by Brenna Working Lemieux:
As an editor at BLR, I read a lot of poems about what it feels like to suffer, to diagnose or be diagnosed, to be ill or to care for illness. As an editor, I have to be a “good listener”—the person who waits for the speaker to reveal experience. I firmly believe that writing is about intimacy, and that imaginative literature offers intimacies that are impossible in life. A poem about what it feels like to receive that information at a remove—to play my role as listener—immediately excited me. This poem talks about the difficulty of understanding. The obstacle that most literature works to overcome becomes the subject itself.
||Brenna Working Lemieux earned an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has lived in Chicago, Baltimore, Paris, and Galway, and currently resides in southern Illinois.|
"Someone Else’s Pain" appears in BLR V12N1 (Spring 2012).
Someone Else’s Pain , by Brenna Working Lemieux
You, who exult in fatigue, whom sweat salves,