30. “Pink Ribbon Blues” – A Poem

I was inspired by the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam this summer. If you haven’t read the winning poems, check them out. They were chosen by popular vote and over 250 people participated in the voting. None of my own poems were included, but I did write poems during the jam. It seemed only right. As an avid researcher and writer, it was fun for me to use words in a new and creative way. After the contest, a friend of mine announced a poetry contest . . . → Read More: 30. “Pink Ribbon Blues” – A Poem

A Poem by Krisanne A. Dattir

Brief Biography:

Krisanne A Dattir, an aerialist on hiatus, is an award winning poet who has been published in various print and on-line venues. She is presently working on her MFA thesis, a memoir hybrid, which includes how her diagnosis with breast cancer last year interrupted her training and an aerial silks performance. She is also a Registered Nurse in a Birth Center where she works directly with breasts in a nutritional capacity. In summers she is often found tending . . . → Read More: A Poem by Krisanne A. Dattir

Poetry Contest Winners Announced

A heart felt thank you to everyone who participated in the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam. The poems that were in the final round-up challenged taken-for-granted assumptions, values, beliefs, and norms in pink culture. According to the popular vote, there are three contest winners. Congratulations to all!!!

grand prize

$100 donated in the winner’s name directly to the cancer-related organization of their choice; a signed copy of Pink Ribbon Blues; and the winning poem with a short bio of the poet displayed on the PRB website . . . → Read More: Poetry Contest Winners Announced

Poetry Jam – Cast Your Vote!

Let’s think about pink! The Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam ran from June 1 – June 30. There were 13 submissions and ten finalists are waiting for your review. You’ll have about 2 weeks to vote for your favorite pink-culture jamming poem (the rating survey will be open through July 24). The top 3 favorites win the contest!

Click on the link below to read the poems and rate them according to your liking.  Remember the ultimate goal for the jam is to change the conversation about breast cancer by . . . → Read More: Poetry Jam – Cast Your Vote!

Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #4

In honor of the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam, we’ll publish various poetry forms throughout the month of June. Today’s poem is a Haiku – a very short form of Japanese poetry typically with 17 syllables that are divided into three units of 5, 7, and 5.

Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #4

They say I’m brave

I know I’m lucky;

Tens of thousands pass me by.

 

 

Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #3

“Chemo” by Jackie Fox

Pincushion arm takes

the drip of magic poison;

Yes, cancer is glam.

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry; a 17-syllable verse typically divided into three units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.

In honor of the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam, we’ll publish various poetry forms throughout the month of June.

 

Pink Ribbon Blues Free Verse #2

In honor of the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam, we’ll publish various poetry forms throughout the month of June. Today’s poem uses Free Verse, a form of Poetry composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern.

Thirty Years Running

Poised for grace

Channels rise,

Then rush.

 

Fragrant torrents

Of bergamot and blood

Surge unbounded.

 

Infinite drift.

 

. . . → Read More: Pink Ribbon Blues Free Verse #2

A Poetic Comment

The Gray Unexplored Twilight of Stage IV

By Metsy Betsy

I will always have my port.

I will always be going to the cancer center.

I will always see my oncologist once a month.

I will always go for scans every three months.

I will always be in treatment.

Eventually my current treatment will fail.

And then I will always be in chemotherapy.

But I will continue . . . → Read More: A Poetic Comment

Pink Ribbon Blues Free Verse #1

In honor of the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam, we’ll publish various poetry forms throughout the month of June. Today’s poem uses Free Verse, a form of Poetry composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern.

Getting Nowhere Fast!

by “a woman in her doctor’s office while awaiting test results”

 

Waiting, waiting,

Always waiting.

 

For the doctor,

For the tests,

For . . . → Read More: Pink Ribbon Blues Free Verse #1

Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #2

Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #2

Nothing so pretty

Shining light on ribbons pink;

Click here to begin!

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry; a 17-syllable verse typically divided into three units consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.

In honor of the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam, we’ll publish various poetry forms throughout the month of June.

“Pink Ribbon Blues,” Book

Paperback includes new Introduction on fundraising controversies and color insert with images of, and reactions to, the pinking of breast cancer (2012).


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Recent Sulik Interviews

A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard NPR, All Things Considered

Canadian Mammogram Study KCRW, NPR Affiliate

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & Pinkwashing NPR Charlotte

Buying Pink Al Jazeera's The Stream Watch »

The Pink Backlash Orlando Sentinel

Preventative Mastectomies: Disease and Deception Listen to BlogTalkRadio »

Angelina Jolie and the 'Breast Cancer Gene' Listen to KCRW »

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer. The New York Times Magazine.

The Story Behind the Pink Ribbon Campaign Sisters Talk Radio

WISH Interview Women's International Summit for Health

Making Cancer About The Patient, Not The Body Part CBS Pittsburgh

Sexy breast cancer campaigns anger many patients USA Today

The perils of pink The Daily

Komen pink campaign creates breast-cancer blues for some Dallas Morning News

A yellow flag for the NFL's pink New York Daily

Gayle Sulik named #7 in SharecareNow’s Top 10 Online Influencers in Breast Cancer

"Breast cancer cancer causes so easily derailed" Philly Inquirer

"Komen Charity Under Microscope for Funding, Science" Reuters

"The Fight Against Cancer - And Abortion? Salon.com

"Susan G. Komen For the Cure defunds Planned Parenthood." In Deep with Angie Coiro

"Amid Breast Cancer Month, Is there Pink Fatigue?" NPR's All Things Considered

"How is Breast Cancer Culture Undermining Women's Health?" America’s Radio News Network

"Pink Ribbon Culture and Breast Cancer" The Kojo Nnamdi Show

"The Big Business of Breast Cancer" 
Marie Claire

"Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Crowd Out Other Diseases?" Slate

"Pink Inc. Has Many Starting to See Red" The Sacramento Bee

"Get Your Pink Off" Ottawa Citizen

"Komen Pink Ribbons Raise Green and Questions" USA Today

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