Illness and Fluctuation
by Stephanie Barber
in the 1990s
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there was a race to develop human insulin.
synthetic human insulin.
a transferrable synthetic human insulin.
this would be for those artists,
whose sense of sweet
his taste, his body, his way of wrapping
the whole world up in his arms and planting
natural born kisses on its swollen with
it hurt. yes. the way
andy went back and forth, back and forth
through joy, trust, surrender and faith
to cynicism, paranoia and rage
there is a thin blue frame around
the way he thought about what it was he was doing.
a caving in
at the injection site.