This moving prose poem tells the story of an aged man who suffers a prolonged and ultimately fatal illness. From initial diagnosis to remission to relapse to death, the experience is narrated by the man’s son, a practicing doctor. Charles Bardes, a physician and poet, draws on years of experience with patients and sickness to construct a narrative that links myth, diverse metamorphoses, and the modern mechanics of death. We stand with the doctors, the family, and, above all, a sick man and his disease as their voices are artfully crafted into a new and powerful language of illness.
About the author
Charles Bardes is an internal medicine specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and professor of clinical medicine and associate dean at Weill Cornell Medical College. His books include Pale Faces: The Masks of Anemia, and his poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Agni, Ploughshares, and Raritan.
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