MARTHA GROVER is an author, poet, and folk artist living in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of two memoirs for Perfect Day Publishing: One More for the People (2011) and The End of My Career (2016), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in creative nonfiction in 2017. Her work has also appeared in The Collagist, Vol.1 Brooklyn and The Portland Mercury, among other places. She has been publishing her zine, Somnambulist, since 2003. Martha is currently at work on a fantasy novel, and her third book of poetry, illustration and lyric essay, Sorry I Was Gone, will be published in 2021.
The Starfish, or, Why I Didn’t Name My Tumor by Martha Grover My counselor once told me that my tumor, the tiny tumor on my pituitary, was not me. Actually, what she said was, “You are not your tumor, Martha.” She was right, I am not my tumor. But she was also wrong, because the tumor is most certainly me. I decided in that moment that I didn’t like her. That particular therapist is now long gone from my life, […]