Medical researcher and writer of poetry/prose that places human-scale attention to the daunting social costs of war, violence and AIDS, Terry M. Dugan will be speaking tomorrow at PoemAlley to share her experiences as a journalist, a researcher in the 1980s at Bellevue Hosptial's Pediatric AIDS Clinic and as a lifelong social justice activist. Terry will also read material from her latest chapbook, I'm the Reason All the Kids Are Dead (Moonstone Arts Center).
Why We Dance
Because we do the electric slide into the clinic to the tune of crying babies.
Because every day we fox trot in and out of intensive care.
Because we breakdance after rounds while waiting for lab reports.
Because we waltz into patients' rooms waving their sheet music.
Because we're sick of doing the hokey pokey with hospital administrators.
Because we tell strangers what we do and they shimmy away from us.
Because we square dance while death calls out partner changes.