By Andy Gilmore | University Communications
Artistic flair was on display during a reception to celebrate the launch of the annual anthology, The Human Touch, on March 25 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Now in its seventh year of publication, The Human Touch 2014 is a collection of poetry, prose, graphic art, and photography created by the students, staff, faculty, and friends of the Anschutz campus.
At the launch, in the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities, authors read prose and poetry and art was on display. (The painting accompanying this article is Solitude by Anjali Dhurandhar, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine).
Dawn White, administrative assistant in the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes Adult Clinic, was one of a number of authors whose work was read at the launch. Her poem, entitled Walking Picasso, was dedicated to “tattoo lovers everywhere.” It begins, “I wear with pride/Wonderful designs of life in art.”
Kevin Bunnell, retired educator for the Colorado Medical Society and the Health One Hospitals, reduced some audience members to tears while reading his piece entitled Elegy For Chad, which Bunnell explained was written in reaction to “the premature departure of people we care for and work with.” The poem opens this way:
They say you are tired
Limp from a fight you did not start
And no one knows how to stop.
I grieve among the grievers...
Editor-in-Chief Sara Parke, a medical student whose own writing was featured in the School of Medicine publication CU Medicine Today, explained that the 14 member editorial board received over 200 submissions for this year’s anthology and the selection process for inclusion is always tough. More information about the publication is available online.
The Human Touch 2014 will be distributed free by the Anschutz Medical Campus bookstore. It is available online as well. Through mid-June visual art by contributors to The Human Touch 2014 can be viewed on the first floor of the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities, where copies of the anthology can also be found.