In the essay "You Owe Me" Miah Arnold describes her experience as a writing teacher at the M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital in Houston, Tex.
"The children I write with die, no matter how much I love them, no matter how creative they are, no matter how many poems they have written, or how much they want to live. They die of diseases with unpronounceable names, of rhabdomyosarcoma or pilocytic astrocytoma, of cancers rarely heard of in the world at large, of cancers that are often cured once, but then turn up again somewhere else: in their lungs, their stomachs, their sinuses, their bones, their brains. While undergoing their own treatments, my students watch one friend after another lose legs, cough up blood, and enter a hospital room they never come out of again."
Arnold joins The Daily Circuit, Monday, Jan. 28 to discuss her essay and her work.
Read "You Owe Me" by Miah Arnold