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The title Little Pharma is both a doppelgänger and a cri de coeur: as the poet’s dreamlike double, the character Little Pharma navigates the murky channels of the hospital and clinic, the borderlands of the living and the dead, and the journey from novice to healer. At the same time, the poems plead for a return to a littler pharma, a space for stolen intimacy and momentary quiet amid the impersonal and engulfing chill that floods the anatomical theater and the corridors of illness. Little Pharma is a Dantean journey from the depths of an institution, and of a pervading personal dread, to a renewed celebration of human contact, the body, and the giddy, terrifying excitement of ongoing life.
Poet, physician, and medical ethicist Laura Kolbe is the author of the poetry collection Little Pharma, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Poetry, The Nation, and elsewhere.
Zoë Hitzig is the author of Mezzanine (Ecco, 2020). She is a PhD candidate in economics at Harvard and lives in Allston.