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May 6th, 2007 (12:58 am)

You reminded me of this,
When you said Frankenstein tonight...
I couldn't remember it--I tried to find it on line.


Actually had to pull an old book off my shelf,
and transcribe.

(Marge Piercy, my favourite living Poet.)

Absolute Zero in the brain

Penfield the great doctor did a lobotomy
on his own sister and recorded
pages of clinical observations
on her lack of initiative afterward.

Dullness, he wrote, is superseded
by euphoria at times. Slight hemi-
paresis with aphasia. The rebellious sister
died from the head down into pages

of medical journals and Penfield founded
a new specialty. Intellectuals
sneer at moviegoers who confuse
Dr. Frankenstein with his monster.

The fans think Frankenstein is the monster.
Isn't he?