More Than: A Little Book of Poetry

More Than: A Little Book of Poetry


Written by Chloe O'Neill

Photos by Elli Doran

September 28th, 2018, I discovered there was a blood clot in my internal jugular vein.

Within that same week, I was suddenly unable to use my voice. To hear me, you had to lean in close. You still have too…

During this time, I made the decision to start documenting this experience through my outlet of choice, writing, and specifically, but not without occasional straying, poetry.

I wasn’t sure that I would ever feel comfortable sharing this experience in full, but here I am.

Here we are.

Discovering the endless ways in which our voices can be heard. Ways in which we are more than. 

Though this book is a chronological documentation of the first six months of living with a whisper, the underlying tone is that of adaption, observation, dedication, and perhaps more than anything else, community. 


Today I Was Asked...

Where is it that you want to pull your worth from?

Me as a child, I say more candidly than I have in a long while.

You know, before all the stories I projected, layers I compiled, and barriers I put up around myself.

Before I had time to question,




I’d like to find my way back to her.

I’m sorry, did I answer your question?

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