Art of Nursing: PDF OnlyTalismanParkinson, JanetAuthor Information Janet Parkinson, a writer and editor, lives in Newport, Rhode Island. Her poems have appeared in various literary journals, including the Sow's Ear Poetry Review and Arsenic Lobster. About this poem, she writes, "Most of my poems aren't intensely personal, but this one is the exception. Five years ago, at age 81, my father had emergency open-heart surgery: a double bypass and valve replacement. I vividly remember how helpless I felt on that sunny July day. I started writing this poem that afternoon, sitting in the backyard, the stone my only source of comfort." "Talisman" © 2011 by Janet Parkinson. Contact author: firstname.lastname@example.org. Art of Nursing is coordinated by Sylvia Foley, senior editor: email@example.com. AJN The American Journal of Nursing: December 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 12 - p 37 doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000408183.44640.08 Free Metrics © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.