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By Mark J. King


This poem anticipates the feelings generated by age and lingering illness – a sense of mental as well as physical wasting, and a gradual detachment from the world, becoming almost insubstantial. It is an attempt at empathy with my father during the months leading up to his death from pancreatic cancer, during which his physical changes were paralleled by the relinquishment of his plans, intentions and hopes

Topics: 190400 PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING, death, pancreatic cancer, illness, detachment, poetry
Publisher: Hektoen Institute of Medicine
Year: 2010
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