What Is It to be Sick by Adrienne Marie Barrios and Leigh Chadwick



Leigh Chadwick thinks bed is good. She says, Bed is where people should be when they should be in bed. Adrienne Barrios tries to nod with her head against a pillow robed in shimmering roses. She says, Bed is where I go when I need to remember what it is to remember what it is to live. Leigh Chadwick says something, but Adrienne Barrios can’t hear over the marching band in her head. A cat tail swishes. A muscle spasms. Orange fur in the air, a dance, imperceptible. Something simmers. Someone creaks. A dim light dims.


 

Adrienne Marie Barrios is the editor-in-chief of Reservoir Road Literary Review and CLOVES Literary and author of the collaborative poetry collection Too Much Tongue (Autofocus, 2022), co-written with Leigh Chadwick. Her work has appeared in trampset, Passages North, Sledgehammer Lit, and Identity Theory, among others. She edits award-winning novels and short stories. Find her on Twitter at @AdrienneMarie_ and online at adriennemariebarrios.com.


Leigh Chadwick is the author of the poetry collection Your Favorite Poet (Malarkey Books, 2022) and the collaborative poetry collection Too Much Tongue (Autofocus, 2022), co-written with Adrienne Marie Barrios. Her poetry has appeared in Salamander, Passages North, The Indianapolis Review, and Hobart, among others. She is a regular contributor at Olney Magazine, where she conducts the "Mediocre Conversations" interview series. Find her on Twitter at @LeighChadwick5.


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