Cover

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Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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Foreword: On Human Voices Wake Us

Alan Shapiro

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pp. ix-xii

on every page of Jerald winakur’s Human Voices Wake Us we are reminded of the kinship between art and medicine, poetry and healing, how care for the vulnerable and mortal body isn’t merely rational or scientific, but a supreme act of imagination. The love, insight, and sensitivity embodied in this humane and...

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Introduction

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My high school homeroom class counted the last seconds out loud together before the final bell each morning. They waited to see if I might make it before Mr. Martin closed the door; or if he, once again, would be forced to reach for his pad of tardy forms and send me to the principal’s office...

First Do No Harm

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The Emu in the Graveyard

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Vigil, 1958

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Forest Hills Park, Spring 1994

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Pawn shop Dreams

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Are Butterflies Birds?

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Taos, 4 July, 2100 Hours

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A Denunciation of Quarks

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Blown Pupil

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There

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The Breast exam

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Low Water Crossing

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This Sadness

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To the Medical Student Who Jumped From the Roof of the Hospital

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Happiness Is Genetic Too

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Out of Practice

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Non-Stop Flight

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Gardeners

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Common Texas Grasses—A Guide

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Shock and Awe in Comfort, Texas

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What I Remember of Embryology

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B-Ball Lament

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What Mick’s Got

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On Slipping Through Terminal 1, Concourse C at O’Hare

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The Teens For Christ Convention At the Holiday Inn

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Flu Season

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The Whistler

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What We Said

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Triage

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Letting It Go

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A Sigh on Rounds

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Discharges

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Sherbet

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Clinic

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Side Show

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Hometown Girl

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Raising Money for Medical Bills

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The Tyranny of Aging

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Redbud

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Blue Period

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Moon Over Twin Sisters Peak

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Dragonfly

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Mowing

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Red Oak

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Free Range

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Feeding the Fish

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Plastic Caskets

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Goshawk

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Perseids

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Dark Side

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A Paper Anniversary at 52

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Blue Norther

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The Day it Came In

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Overwinter

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Auscultation

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Acknowledgments and Permissions

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pp. 75-77

I am indebted to the entire staff at Kent State University Press for their help and professionalism in bringing this book into the world—with a special “thank-you” to Joyce Harrison, the original acquiring editor, who saw promise in my words.
I wish to thank Alan Shapiro for his encouragement of my work twenty years...

Literature and Medicine

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