The Anatomy Theater: Poems

The Anatomy Theater: Poems

by Nadine Meyer


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An exciting first collection of poetry from an emerging talent, Nadine Meyer's The Anatomy Theater was a winner of the 2005 National Poetry Series Open Competition, selected by esteemed poet John Koethe. For over twenty years, the National Poetry Series has discovered many new and emerging voices and has been instrumental in launching the careers of poets and writers such as Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Denis Johnson, Cole Swensen, Thylias Moss, Mark Levine, and Dionisio Martinez.

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ISBN-13: 9780061122170
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Series: National Poetry Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Nadine Sabra Meyer's poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Pleiades, the Southern Poetry Review, and the Mississippi Review. She lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her family.

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The Anatomy Theater

By Nadine Meyer

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Nadine Meyer
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ISBN: 0061122173

The Flayed Man

after Juan de Valverde's 1560 anatomy text, Anatomia del corpo umano

He has flayed himself for our inspection, pressed his knife through the dermis of his large right toe, run its tip along the base of his foot, splitting left from right, up the back of his calf and thigh, carefully, the way a woman runs the seam of her stockings up the midline of each leg, and slipped his muscled and gelatinous body from its casing. As one slices the skin from an apple in a long spiraling similitude, he has kept, where possible, his ghostly likeness intact. In one hand he holds it out to us, a testament to what he's done, and in the other he holds the knife. Martyr for science, he stands, each muscle overdeveloped, numbered for the anatomist's study as if it were possible to slit this human casing, slip from one's integument and go on living in the delicate inner flesh. What then is beauty when the skin has been shucked? A marbling of muscle and fat, the patterning of veins and arteries, tenderness of disease? Complicit, a participant in his own dissection, the Flayed Man brandishes his life: without regard for his soul, he offers this oblation, his own decorticated corpus, to Medicine and Anatomy. For over a thousand years, for fearthat to dissect the body impedes the soul's chrysalis, its incorporeal unfurling, the study of anatomy had virtually stopped, but now the Flayed Man, his jaunty disregard, his terrible theatrical privation, the outstretched offering of his own skin as if to say, all this, I have done for you.


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