Progress Notes

“I want to be treated by a doctor who has read Macbeth”
—Jaroslav Pelikan

The doctor is
a 52 y/o man coming into
our lives
unbidden.
A preliminary examination
reveals him to be
sound of science,
if disengaged.
His understanding of
wonder
is impressively restricted.
He denies reading
Macbeth
and reports having known
no connection
between cytogenetic studies
and the mysteries we note.
The doctor appears
to be clinically deficient
in Shakespeare,
as indicated by
standard methods
for describing a stain
in efforts to know
the nature of blood.

This is a reprint of work originally published in The Comstock Review.

Kenneth Salzmann has been active in literary publishing and programming for more than thirty years. His poetry has appeared in such journals as Rattle, The Comstock Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Memoir (and), and in anthologies including Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude (Holy Cow! Press), Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers (Codhill Press) He is co-editor, with Sandi Gelles-Cole, of Child of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents.

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