Tucson physician/poet Esther Eastvold Alcorn is retired
from medical practice. Kinships, published in 1999, was her first book
of poems. The Fish Fry, Earth Calls Her Children and A Small Stack Of
Coppers are collections of her more recent works.
This volume begins with medical school and covers interface of doctors
and patients in office, emergency room or clinic, including some unique
to the experience of women doctors.
Alcorn received a degree in zoology from the University of California
in Berkeley and her medical degree from the University of California
Medical School in San Francisco. She practiced medicine in Tucson for
nearly 40 years.
“Esther’s poems recollecting early married life, studying
to become a doctor, and ultimately accepting widowhood are in the
voice of one who observes deeply and communicates a tenderness toward
life, whether as doctor, wife, mother or human being.”
-Sheila Bender, author of several volumes of poems and books on how
to write poetry
“Insightful reflections–a healthy ingredient in any reader’s
-John H. Hughes, M.D.
Here are some other comments
from Esther Alcorn’s readers.
“Wonderful, unadorned poetry with great clarity of thought and
“Humanity described with empathy and respect”
“No nonsense writing” and “polished poems”
“Dialog reminiscent of Frost”
The book is available directly from
For more information, or to order copies
of the book, please contact the author at ghostriverimages.com