Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy

by Kirsten Rian


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Past-present-future. Beginning-middle-end. Mama-daughter-son. Life goes the way it goes, and usually in unexpected directions. Rian looks far back to her Scandinavian roots to explore what remains, cultural and genetic ties as tethers to something bigger than the literal visceral skewing of life expectancy statistics relative to her own health and her family. Rian’s son was born with medical issues, cuing a decade and a half journey of doctors, tests, fights with insurance, surgeries, and scans. When her children were 10 and 12 their father suddenly and inexplicably passed away at age 44. While driving home from the beach after scattering his ashes, and thinking about when they had married on that very beach years before, she absent-mindedly felt the side of her head and noticed a lump that turned out to be a tumor. Past-present-future. Beginning-middle-end. What remains.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946970978
Publisher: redbat books
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Redbat Books Pacific Northwest Writers Series
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Kirsten Rian's poetry and prose have appeared in numerous publications. She has been awarded artist fellowships, grants, and international residencies, leading creative writing workshops both domestically, as well as internationally in locations like post-war Sierra Leone and refugee relocation centers in Finland, and with human trafficking survivors, using creative writing as a tool for literacy, community, and peacebuilding. She has been a volunteer language facilitator for non-native speakers for 20 years. Her anthology of Sierra Leonean poets and their accounts of the civil war, Kalashnikov in the Sun, was published upon her return from a fellowship in West Africa. She is also a photography curator and multi-disciplinary artist.

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