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One Word: Poems
One Word is the first collection of poems by physician Marc J. Straus. Its unusual combination of poetic craft and medical expertise produces striking, uncommon work--work informed by a keen sense of human vulnerability. These remarkable poems fill a void in the body of imaginative work relating to illness.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 26th 1994 by Triquarterly
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The one poem I remembered from having read this book several years ago was "An Elephant Crossed the Road." The longest poem in the book, it's structured as a series of two-line statements from various recurring voices. It all comes together on re-reading, and I found that extra work very rewarding with this poem. Most of the others are "get-it-on-the-first-take" observations, vignettes, sometimes portraits of (presumably) patients (Straus is a physician). Empathetic and spare, these poems ...more