Welcome to Sage Femme Press
About Sage Femme
Sage-femme is a term I first heard in Tunisia during the 1970s when I worked in international health. It translates from French to English as wise woman but is commonly used to refer to a traditional midwife. This double meaning has always appealed to me.
Sage Femme Press began in 1999 as a personal endeavor—a way to share my explorations of healing art as nurse, poet and essayist with readers both inside and outside the health professions
— Veneta Masson
Perform your medical duties calmly and adroitly, concealing most things from the patient while you are attending to him.
Maybe they have it right—
those who say the truth is too strong
for a person who’s sick.
Look at it this way, full disclosure
means telling you that some illnesses
elude all cures
that each life has a span
and yours may be short
that beneath the veneer of science
lies the bedrock
that medical research
is not rocket science,
it’s infinitely more complex
that experts, like search engines,
traffic in theory, conjecture,
shaky data and sometimes outright hoax.
Now the good news:
you may recover despite stiff odds
the body is smarter than you can imagine
the world of health care
has fixers and healers—
what one can’t do the other can
This is the truth.
If you’re the sick person, sign below
to acknowledge receipt.
—Photograph © Tony Brunswick