Your Personal Prescription Information by Sue William Silverman

May 8, 2020 § 1 Comment


SilvermanThe wonderful writer and teacher Sue William Silverman employs the format of a doctor’s prescription to bring to life an essay that interweaves humor, heartbreak, and extramarital affairs. An excerpt from Silverman’s brilliant and surprising essay follows:

Do Not Use this Drug: While reading Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina, Wide Sargasso Sea, The Lover or any other material that might induce fear and loathing of love.

This Medicine Works Best: If you are currently brain-dead and thus susceptible to a profound change of heart. Be sure to avoid direct sunlight and hide shame in the darkness of night. Use sunscreen and protective clothing such as hair-shirt or widow’s full-length veil. A shroud is also appropriate.

Additional Possible Side Effects: If you develop a cough, your heart might be shedding emotional pus which is being absorbed by your lungs. Serious and sometimes FATAL bloody, messy problems could result from use of this drug. If you experience hallucinations SEEK HELP. It may mean you are experiencing LOVE for the first time. Ditto for severe nausea.

Read the full version of Silverman’s wonderfully inventive essay here.

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§ One Response to Your Personal Prescription Information by Sue William Silverman

  • lilblaqvilla says:

    thanks

    On Fri, May 8, 2020 at 12:59 PM BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog wrote:

    > Guest Blogger posted: “The wonderful writer and teacher Sue William > Silverman employs the format of a doctor’s prescription to bring to life an > essay that interweaves humor, heartbreak, and extramarital affairs. An > excerpt from Silverman’s brilliant and surprising essay follows” >

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