Jill McDonough has selected Vanessa Moody’s poem “Anniversary III” as the winner of the 2017 Peseroff Prize. She praised Moody's poem for its "ambition in both content and form,” saying the poem "presents a series of erasures and re-imaginings based on the first section, a medical diagnosis.  These sections shift in and out of tight focus, enacting the intimacy, terror, and enormity of taking in difficult information, showing us how we seek to stay ourselves when our bodies’ betrayals take center stage.”

Anniversary III

Vanessa Moody

1. 

 

Hi Vanessa

 

I received the MRI report of your MRI and MRA scan done yesterday. The residual trigeminal mass lesion is 3.2 x 2.9 x 1.9 cm in size. The MRA of the blood vessels showed normal carotid artery - no vascular compression. If they gave you a copy of the images, we can look at it. I suggest you have a follow up surgical consultation, either at the ---- Medical Center, or with the surgeons who previously operated on you.

 

I hope the Trileptal is helping with the trigeminal neuralgia pain.

 

 

2.

 

Hi Vanessa

 

yesterday

the lesion showed

no you

 

a copy

look at it

 

you or

who

you

 

the pain.

 

 

3.

 

I report and scan.

Done!

 

The mass size.

The blood.

 

Look:

You, I hope.

4.

 

Vanessa.

 

report your yesterday

residual blood

 

look at it.

 

follow

operate

 

on the helping

the pain

 

 

5.

I                                                your

 

                                                                they          you                                        we                    it. I

              you

                  who                                            you.

I hope                                                                                             pain.

 

 

6.

done size up the surgeons

(surgical surgeons)

done copy the look

(suggest hope)

done blood the images

(medical pain)

7.

I received your mass

gave you the images

we can look up

at the ---- with you

8.

I suggest you have a follow up

I suggest you have a follow up

I suggest you have a follow up

I suggest you have a follow up

surgical consultation

I suggest you have a follow up

I suggest you have a follow up

surgical consultation

I suggest you have a follow up

surgical consultation

I suggest you have a follow up

I suggest consultation

I suggest a follow up consultation

I suggest you have a follow up

I suggest you have a follow up

I suggest you have a follow up

surgical consultation

I have

have you

you follow

follow up

up surgical

surgical surgical

suggest you

have you

surgical

surgical

Vanessa

9.

3.2 x 2.9 x 1.9

10.

Vanessa of the mass-is-normal

you of the images

we can.

(you have a center)

you is.

VANESSA MOODY is a Brazilian-American writer and artist living in New York. Her work appears in online and print publications, including Willow Springs and the upcoming Best New Poets 2017. Also a librettist, Vanessa's opera What Gets Kept premiered at the Kennedy Center in January. She earned her BA in English at Stanford University and her MFA in Poetry at NYU, where she was a Goldwater Fellow and undergraduate instructor. Vanessa works in children's publishing and is a proud Hufflepuff.

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