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The Extremities

A physical therapist, Kelly writes poems that are a truly original examination of what it means to occupy the body and inhabit the world.

79 pages | 6 x 9


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Table of Contents

1. • On Anatomy Being Destiny • Asymmetry • Body as Temple • The Eroticized World • Transport • Heaven • Every Step Is a Fall Interrupted • Overwintering Birds • Deer Tracks in the Mudflats • Fast • Gray’s Anatomy • Animal Locomotion • Received Wisdom/Referred Pain • Taking It In to Have It Looked At • In Touch • 2. • Two for Getting Out of Bed • Copenhagen • Exsanguination • The Dwindles • On the Surgical Maxim All Bleeding Eventually Stops • Intact Sensorium • The Bones of the Ear • The Muscles of the Face • Sentinel Falls • Not Turning Away • Joint Play Testing • Pre-Op Hip • Putting Patients in Gowns • The Diagnosis of Noisy Knees • Exposition • 3. • After the Equinox • Why It Takes Longer to Move Love When You’re 50 • Woodpecker Tongue • Small Movements • Remote Sensing • Icon of St George and the Dragon • Broken Spoke • Fortune Cookie • Wake and Dream • Addendum to My Father’s Advance Directives • Body Optional • Startle Reflex • Three Falls • Bodying Up • Unbecoming • Comealong • Wholesale Changes

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