Poetry

Hospital Records

1. Wristband This wristband is like my watch, binding me like a contract: the watch to the world outside these cool walls, this band to “the protocol”, the way we use tags on stock to accompany them from pasture to processing, from ward to where are you taking me now? 2. Patient Notes At first you look for moorings, your watch, which is the outside world, the known one. But your boots, the trousers folded over the chair are impassive, they refuse any association. In here your bearings are fixed by sound, by noise: footsteps, receding, definite as castanets, an…

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