Cover Photo: An image of a healthcare working staring straight into the camera
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Surviving Karen Medicine

How do you navigate a healthcare system that wasn't designed for you?

Somewhere in Louisianapeople are happy

really

want

ever

wouldone

becomes

I’m saying too much. She probably thinks I’m exaggerating.

Destiny O. Birdsong is a Louisiana-born poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has either appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Catapult, African American Review, and elsewhere. Her debut poetry collection, Negotiations, was published by Tin House Books in October 2020, and was longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection, and her debut novel is forthcoming from Grand Central in February 2022. She earned both her MFA and PhD from Vanderbilt University.