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Sara J. Winston


"We assume the common things will always be here, so we tell ourselves we'll deal with them another day." - Lucia Perillo, I've heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature. Trinity University Press, 2011.

In my mid-twenties I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a manageable yet unpredictable chronic disease of the central nervous system believed to be caused by a mix of environmental and genetic factors. To date, the scientific cause of the disease is widely speculative and unknown. Erratic symptoms of my illness include temporary double vision, body numbness, sudden fatigue, and chronic pain of the torso and extremities. During periods of relapse, my camera acts not only as a creative instrument, but also a tool that interprets and clarifies the world beyond my arm's length where my sight diverges and doubles.

Homesick is an autobiographical account of my relocation from Detroit to New York Shortly after my diagnosis. The work was published as a book with Zatara Press in 2015.