"Writing about lupus is like writing about ghosts. What do you say about something featureless?"
Liz Bowen is a poet and critic living in New York. She is the author of the poetry collections Sugarblood (Metatron, 2017) and Compassion Fountain (Trembling Pillow, 2020). She is also a PhD candidate in English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where she is working on a dissertation that explores disability and animality in 20th- and 21st-century American literature. Liz is an assistant editor at Public Books, senior poetry editor at Peach Mag, and assistant editor at Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal. Her writing can be found in the New Inquiry, American Poetry Review, LitHub, Boston Review, and elsewhere.
We Must Heal Each Other
At some point, it became a mark of privilege to talk about “self-care.” Once unknown outside the niches of trauma therapists and burned-out activists, the concept has become so mainstream that it’s ...