Alicia Ostriker

Scenes From a Mastectomy


Vision: my breast as the Tabernacle. Open. My lungs like the scrolls of the Torah. But a Torah without end whose scrolls are imprinted and unfurled throughout time…

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Jewish Women. Breast Cancer.

The articles in this special section:

That Was Not My Plan!

Elizabeth S. Bennett

New job, new city, new baby, new role as a rabbi’s wife. But the diagnosis outdid the rest.

Bonding: Intimacy During — and After — My Cancer

Ali Walensky

She chose "kink" sex, for pain she herself could control. 

Scenes From a Mastectomy

Alicia Ostriker

Looking back at the surgery decades later, the noted poet confesses her survivor's glee — and guilt.