(To Janet Wittenberg’s Eruption)

This is the test
I put myself through:
Imagining my breast
And what radiation would do.

It comes up in my dreams;
The broken skin, the crust,
The tissue bursting the seams,
The relentless thrust

Of cancer’s wreckful careening
My body unripe for its gleaning.


BRASH is known for writing poetry inspired by art, in association with the Washington DC extravaganza Artomatic and by invitation to participate in various gallery events, readings, and performances. His latest includes creating and performing companion poetry to the book Addiction and Art and the project’s show at Blue Elephant Gallery (Frederick MD) (


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