John Glowney

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Word of the Cure

Glowney, John

Last Updated: Jul-13-2007
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Kohn, Martin

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem


The poet beautifully captures the connection between a successful neurosurgical operation that restores "the jitterbug of impulses" of the brain, with the neighbors' "word of the cure." He likens the neighbors' conversations to "the way, in Montana prairie country, / the first telephones let the local secrets / and sorrows pour through the survey-staked / barbed-wire fences now doubling / as makeshift transmission lines."

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