Complete Physical

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2010 - Poetry - 64 pages
Shane Neilson’s accustomed fascination with the two great subjects, love and death, has taken a purely professional interest: he has written a poetry that has fused his typical poetic concerns with that of his profession as a physician. The poems are primarily lyrics, but there is the occasional villanelle and sestina amidst a squalid sea of punchy narrative; all of the poems ponder what it means to be ill, and some of them celebrate what it means to get better. Some poems even consider the tragic point when illness becomes identity. In every poem his ‘patients’ come alive, but the main character is that of the observant doctor, chiding, cheerleading, sometimes just doing his duty.
 

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Contents

White Coat
9
Standard Advice
11
The Doctor Readies the Breathing Tube
12
The Death of Leo Emberson November 2006
13
The Death of Josie
15
Abscond
16
Terminus
17
Pain
18
Prescription
26
On Conducting Complete Physicals
27
Testing 1 2 3
28
The Test
30
Inside the Examining Room
31
Love Squawks through Technology
32
Christ Child in the Incubator
34
The Missed Appointment
36

Campanology
19
Curing Blindness
20
Ten Thoughts before the Stroke
21
Before Doctor Monologue
22
After Patient Monologue
23
On Diagnosing Alzheimers Dementia
24
Old Anatomy Textbooks
25
To My Wife
37
Reading Electrocardiograms
38
Love Poem for the Doctors Wife
39
Love Poem for the Doctors Wife Revisited
40
The Heart Is Statutory
41
Ode to Stealth
42
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Shane Neilson is a poet and physician who, in addition to several collections of poetry, has published in the genres of memoir, short fiction, biography and literary criticism. He is currently a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, a Vanier Scholar at McMaster University and editor for Victoria, B.C. publisher Frog Hollow Press. Though he lives in Oakville, Ontario, all of his work is rooted in rural New Brunswick.

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