Daring, sly, and unlike any other book you’ve read, this memoir-in-poems tackles cancer with a bawdy wit guaranteed to “make you laugh in cancer’s face” (Marisa Acocella Marchetto, author of Cancer Vixen).
As a vibrant woman in her late thirties, a mother of two, poet, artist, and teacher, Micki Myers decided to confront her cancer diagnosis head on with the sharpest tools in her arsenal: namely, her sense of humor and unbridled poetic license.
The result is a charming, poignant, laugh-out-loud collection that hits all the highs (morphine) and lows (everything else) of being a cancer patient and surviving with your spirit intact (even if your boobs are not).
It’s Probably Nothing. . .* provides the perfect blend of wit and pathos to help you or a loved one achieve much-needed perspective on this frightening journey, whether recently diagnosed or reveling in remission. From losing your hair (even, ahem, down there) and gaining two bouncy silicone strangers, to the pitfalls of marijuana therapy and the endless chemo-room muzak “that makes you think / survival might be overrated,” Myers reminds you that you’re not alone and that it’s okay to laugh.
With one in every eight women getting breast cancer, bookstores and libraries are full of serious cancer memoirs, making Myers s darkly comic entry about her diagnosis and recovery a much-needed addition to the list. Myers chooses poetry (accompanied by sardonic illustrations) to convey her state of mind and mood. A young mother in her 40s when she first gets the disturbing news, her response is a poem entitled, Oh Fuck! I have cancer! after she finds nothing that addressed such issues as silicone boobs wobble during sex or reconstructed nipples chafe. Learning the doctor can t save her breast, she decides to have a double mastectomy. Although Myers acutely feels the loss of her breasts and is jealous of women who will know what it s like to feel their nipples get hard from air conditioning, she is excited to go to a lingerie store with her new 36Bs. It s astonishing how much better / everything fits (and looks) / when you have the boobs of a nineteen-year-old. Throughout, Myers demonstrates that courage and fighting to stay positive helps her reframe her cancer story from one of disfigurement to becom reconfigured, an experience that will be instructive to many.