Going For The Throat: 6 Word Thyroid Monographs
Going For The Throat: Written by Robyn Davis Hahn
I was listening to NPR the other day while driving to work when I heard an interesting story. (This is a statement I can make several times a week). On Talk of the Nation, the creator and editor of Smith Magazine discussed their 4th book, a collection of 6 word memoirs from submissions to the site written by authors known and unknown. Immediately, this popped into my head:
never the same again. thanks thyroid
Their idea is not unique. If you google “6 word” you will find blogs, contests, college exercises, and the like all attempting to boil down the essence of an idea, autobiography, feeling, or story down to just 6 words. It’s the ultimate short story (my favorite literary art form), a concentrated haiku, a condensed digest, and I am in love.
it all revolves around my throat
The origin of this enterprise is a bet. (Seriously, could the story get any better?), In the 1920’s, colleagues of Ernest Hemingway wagered that he could not write a story in just 6 words. Of course, Papa rose to the occasion, and wrote what he allegedly considered to be his best work: For sale: baby shoes, never used.
I couldn’t wait to get pen to paper (or rather, fire up the MacBook) and have thought of little else since. Dear Thyroid is a literary thyroid disease and thyroid cancer support site, right?, We have so many fantastic, creative, distressed, soulful, funny, uncertain, and courageous community members–and I am in awe of your letters every week. Having written a letter myself, I know the catharsis, and the effort that go into them, and we all heal a little with each addition.
I didn’t know I was sick
How would you describe your disease in 6 words?, Or how your life has changed? Maybe it’s a feeling or emotion that you can’t shake, or a quiet relief for an official diagnosis.
little white pill, please heal me
My challenge:, create your 6 word thygraph (thyroid monograph) and either post it in the comment section, on the forum, or email it to me (email@example.com). Submit one, or a hundred. Submit one every day! Next week, Katie, Liz, and I will each choose our favorites, and I’ll ask my husband to choose one as well (a non-thyroid patient perspective). From these four semi-finalists, one will be chosen at random for a Dear Thyroid T-shirt.
let the thyroid literary games begin!
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