Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Great Regulars: "Hospital Waiting Room" locates us

immediately in an emotionally charged time and place. We can all relate to the act of waiting for medical results, examinations and treatments that might affect our daily lives. Though we know from the title and first line of the poem that [Stephen] Dobyns is describing cancer patients ("Bald, yellow-skinned"), it is testimony to his abilities that he never needs to use the word cancer.

from The Times Literary Supplement: Poem of the Week: Hospital Waiting Room


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