Fear of Gray's Anatomy

Galvin, Brendan

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem

Annotated by:
Coulehan, Jack
  • Date of entry: Dec-01-1993


The author will not open Gray's Anatomy again. Why? Because he sees in its plates of various organs mundane images, rather than the personal knowledge he imagined. He had "hoped someday to own" himself, but he finds that his "geography" is composed of others' names and others' history. The author is not there. You can't discover who you are by learning the parts you're made of. Or can you?


First published: 1977

Primary Source

Great Blue: New and Selected Poems


Univ. of Illinois Press

Place Published

Urbana, Ill.