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Friday, May 22, 2009

Blind Review Friday

Blind Review Friday.

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Last week's offering Old Men Playing Basketball was by B.H. Fairchild.

This weeks piece comes from a Clevelandpoetics - the Blog Reader:

My Dentist's Son

My dentist's son
whose eyes are blue jewelry
and intricate as a diamond drill,
watches the excavation in my mouth,
with goofy horror.

He is delighted.
A virtuouso actor, he gags
at the stumped tooth
while Dad attempts to crown it.

Such curiosity could burn to the earth's core
or make the universe heave up its entrails.

4 comments:

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

Say, I liked it.

I'd like to get a feel for the age of the kid, though

T.M. Göttl said...

i love the image of the universe's entrails.

very nice.

Shelley Chernin said...

There's a lot of story here in just a few lines, which I admire.

The last two lines would have been more powerful for me if I had seen the child's curiosity in the preceding stanzas. I had no idea that the child was feeling curious until the poet told me.

Mary Turzillo said...

Thanks -- this is an old poem, but one that still has some resonance for me. For some reason or other I often think of at least the premise of a poem while I'm in the dentist's chair --

Thanks for the comments. They are helpful.

Cited...

The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau