In this season of graduations, I am delighted to announce that Bloodletters Literary Magazine has published my poem "Commencement." A reflection on my unusual college graduation twenty-six years ago, this poem recalls my entry into a very different post-college experience than most grads face as they walk across the stage and receive their hard-earned diplomas. Newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I was recovering from surgery and my first round of chemo as I processed with my classmates into our graduation ceremony, the day one of joy but the future holding much uncertainty.
I push my hair into place, arrange the mortarboard atop my head. Clipping it to strands of hair weak and unreliable, I don