Poems

Joe Dolce: ‘Brokenheart’ and ‘The Memorable Order of Tin Hats’

Brokenheart Singing in her song she died. —Tennyson Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Brokenheart Syndrome. Not blockage. Heart stunned by adrenaline. Left ventricle balloons out. Named for resemblance to Japanese octopus-trap. Chest pains, shortness of breath, often mistaken for attack. Death rare. Reversible. Almost exclusive domain of women, at 90%— Little Ann, in Where the Ferns Grow, Lady Montague, in Romeo and Juliet, Padme, in Star Wars. Recently, Debbie Reynolds. Men aren’t immune. King Lear. Johnny Cash, four months after June. Long-term companions follow each other, often within weeks, sometimes hours. Triggered by unexpected loss, (including financial), fierce argument, domestic violence, detection of…

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