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Seeing things

Emma Healey’s diagnosis of a visual deficiency lent her a new perspective on life and poetry

Emma Healey’s sophomore poetry collection, Stereoblind, is the result of six years spent wrestling with the illusion of simplicity, an illusion that came to light in part as a result of the poet’s own diagnosis of stereoblindness. “A normal person with a pair of regular, functioning eyes sees the world just one way at a time”, Healey says. “Their brain takes two separate images and merges them together somewhere in the visual cortex to form a single, coherent picture.” People with stereoblindness, by contrast, suffer “a little glitch … a lack of depth perception.” It was this glitch that, paradoxically, offered clarity and complexity to the poet’s vision.

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