In “Purgatory,” poet and ED nurse Stacy R. Nigliazzo writes about the sick and the stranded as they wait their turns at a hospital Emergency entrance—and the “nurse behind the bulletproof glass” who summons each in turn, her raw voice “calling sanctuary.” Read the poem here; listen to the poet’s reading here.
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Sylvia Foley, AJN senior editor