6.11.06

birth of the stethoscope





this illustration is from a 1942 edition of "the human body," by logan clendening, m.d. it is titled "the birth of the stethoscope."

i also found this poem i wanted to share by corinn adams, from the latest diagram. i just love the last line so much:




REYKJAVIK OR PRAGUE

It's a dark beer from Brazil.
It's palm-size with a silver finish.
It's fishnet but a tasteful fishnet.
It's number one in Reykjavik or Prague.

It's called "sonnet" but it’s video projection.
It's called "ballet" but it’s video projection.
It's titled something with a backslash.
It's a baby carriage full of press-on nails.

It's Colette of the LES.
It's Rimbaud on Avenue A.
It's Baudelaire on NPR
but it's a little Jean Genet.

It's mainstream before it's time.
It's clever but it's clever in air quotes.
It's knee-high to avant-garde.
It's hearing me use "earnest" as a slur.

It's the way I name a certain inky sky.
It's that blue of every cell phone two years back.
It's you saying, now I know the sky you mean.
It's the kind of coat they only sell in the Midwest.

It's just a field we stood in with our coats on.
It's snow on the porch roof.
It's the first time anyone has spoken in an hour.
Look at it out there, goodness gracious.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, what a wonderful poem. i had forgotten about diagram. thanks for the reminder.

thanks, also, for making sure i get my recommended daily allowance of poetry.

Kiki said...

Yes, yes! K

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