still here: A post-cocktail aids anthology
Still Here is a collection of short pieces, written over the span of eight years, by participants in the Therapeutic Writing Group at Mount Sinai Hospital's Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns.
Previous HIV anthologies were published prior to the advent of combination antiretroviral therapies when HIV infection, for the most part, remained a fatal illness.
Still Here emphasizes living with HIV as a treatable illness, yet one still fraught with losses, medication side effects, stigma and the unknown. These men's stories brim with hope, resilience, eroticism and humour, capturing a heartfelt search for wholeness.
Allan Peterkin is a psychiatrist and the author of six books on medicine and cultural history. He is a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities. (www.ars-medica.ca)
Julie Hann is a registered occupational therapist and professional practice leader who has worked in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital for nineteen years. She provides service to the Clinic fo HIV-Related Concerns and the General Psychiatry Day Treatment Program.
A Pound of Flesh
Lost and Found
Berg, Earl Dalgliesh
A Welcome Change
A Christmas List of Loss
A Sense of Peace after Thirteen Years
My Gift to Science
Dying with Dignity?
Never Can Say Goodbye
Jacques and I: The Decision
Jimmy Thinks About Sex
A Friendship I Lost
Alterations in Life
A Matter of Luck
Waiting My Turn
National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data
Publisher: Toronto: Life Rattle Press, 2008