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Emergency Room Wrestling
The hospital poems of "Emergency Room Wrestling" read like a Bukowski of the ER: the voice of the author, who calls himself The Dirty Poet, reveals a disarming humor, bawdiness, and even exuberance in the urgency of illness, injury, and mortality.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Words Like Kudzu Press
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I almost never give star ratings to poetry bks - but I'm almost tempted to give this one 5 stars b/c it's so 'perfectly' what it is. The author's a respiratory therapist who has to regularly intubate & disintubate patients who're having problems breathing. IE: he has to put a tube down their throats in order to s(t)imulate sd breathing &, later, pull the tubes out again. Sometimes, he's the guy who has to 'pull the plug' on them. Quite a responsibility, eh?! Given that many or most of ...more
I have never read anything like this. It's a poetry anthology, but it's a story. It's a demented walk into an hospitals, one of the barometers of our time. I enjoyed the hell out of it, but it was quirky more than emotionally moving (but it was moving...just at little doses). Interesting little literary UFO.
All vivid and slamming, and so full of death, endless death, but less upsetting or overwhelming, than absorbing, fully absorbing, as life seems so unbelievably fleeting in these pages, a breath here, a brain injury there, then gone in a flash, a sad, sad flash, no time to react, because it's all done, all of it.