Few people have survived the nightmare of a stem cell transplant gone sideways. Fewer still have had the audacity to write about the miraculous yet bewildering experience of becoming a genetic chimera. Brad Buchanan breaks this taboo and offers readers eloquent, surrealistic and profoundly moving passages about his dramatic transformation and amazing recovery. His fourth book of poems, tells in lyrically oblique confessions and hallucinatory vignettes the difficult but nevertheless wonderful history and aftermath of the author’s 2016 stem cell transplant. The book explores the problems of survivor guilt, chemical dependency, and unprocessed or displaced trauma, while tracing an ultimately positive narrative of recovery and acceptance. He holds a PhD from Stanford University and taught British and Postcolonial Literature, as well as Creative Writing, at Sacramento State University until his retirement in 2016. His poetry, fiction and scholarly articles have appeared in nearly 200 journals.
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