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Letter From a Parasitic Head

August 11, 2008

Upon autopsy, the neck stump of the parasitic head was shown to contain fragments of bone and tiny vestiges of a heart and lungs.

I could feel your blood circulating inside me,
knew I was killing you, siphoning off
what you needed for myself,
but how could I have been expected
to do otherwise.

On examination, our skulls are one,
locked together like puzzle pieces,
our craniums stacked and sealed
like bricks laid and mortared
by a bricklayer who’d been drinking.

What has a body, even body fragments,
wants to live, has no choice.
The two-headed snake — its brains
struggling to find food — writhes,
gets nowhere until it dies hungry.

I knew something was going wrong
when your body became pale
as rice paper, your blue veins dried up.
And I could not turn my head
to look you in the eyes.

Video by Donna Kuhn
Poem by Dana Guthrie Martin

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  1. August 11, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Wow! What a collaboration…on so many levels. The poem/video work together/alone. Neither consuming the other.

  2. August 11, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Fantastic! I love this collaboration and each individual work.

  3. August 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Whew. This is really good.

  4. August 12, 2008 at 2:44 am

    What synergy. Fabberoooni.

  5. Janet McCann
    August 13, 2008 at 11:09 am

    What a lovely and straightforward poem–will be back to this one.

  6. September 10, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I didn’t see the video when I read the poem the first time. Wow! What a unique pairing. This is amazing.

  7. October 28, 2008 at 6:40 am

    nice work dana

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