Poetic Side-Effects


A 76-year-old woman suffering from epileptic seizures was placed on medication with an unusual side-effect: the compulsion to write poetry. The condition, known as hypergraphia, led the woman to write 10 to 15 poems per day. Her urges have since lessened, but persist.

Ian MacAllen's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →