This collection includes a number of poems that speak directly to healing and the medical experience; for example, "The Wound Man," "Blood of a Poet," "Carmelita," and "Alzheimer's Disease." Others bring the author's medical sensibility to totally different topics and experiences; for example, "Freud's London House," "Square One," "The Path Through the Irises," "To Anne Sexton's Analyst," and "Orienteering."


A first collection by a physician-poet who bids us accompany him to a world in which ordinary people and things are suffused with warm, and sometimes whimsical, beauty. A street-wise prisoner in a federal penitentiary is actually a poet, numbers turn out to be dreamers, and the lowly amoeba communicates on a cellular phone.

These poems are concise and accurate, yet highly evocative. By turns learned, solemn, and humorous, they evoke a wide range of human experience. Their emotional impact grows (and glows) from within, when, suddenly, the reader experiences "a gold dazzle" and feels that "our roots (are) pressing the slabs like moss . . . . "


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Huntington, W. Va.



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