POEM: ABSOLUTE ZERO IN THE BRAIN

by contemplativeinquiry

Penfield the great doctor did a lobotomy

on his own sister and recorded

pages of clinical observations

on her lack of initiative afterward.

Dullness, he wrote, is superseded

by euphoria at times. Slight hemi-

paresis with aphasia. The rebellious sister

died from the head down into the pages

of medical journals and Penfield founded

a new specialty. Intellectuals

sneer at moviegoers who confuse

Dr. Frankenstein with his monster.

They think Frankenstein is the monster.

Isn’t he?

From Marge Piercy, Stone, Paper, Knife London: Pandora Press, 1983

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