Holly Day ~ Some Questions about the History of Medicine

When a man is disconsolate, there is no uterus
to remove, no ovaries to excise, no stubborn hymen
to carefully pierce or sew tightly closed. When a man is discontented
no one talks of removing his penis.

When a man is unfulfilled, no one talks
of shock treatment, a lobotomy, ice baths to bring on hypothermia
solitary confinement. When a man is unhappy
with his wife, his children, no one talks
of drilling a hole in his skull
to expose the diseased part of his brain to air
to let out all the pressure in his head.

When a man is despondent, melancholic, forlorn
no one whispers of how he might kill his children
of how he’s physically unsuited to parenthood, of how
something must be profoundly wrong with him

to not be completely satisfied with life.

 

Holly Day was born in Hereford, Texas, “The Town Without a Toothache.” She and her family currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches writing classes at the Loft Literary Center. Her published books include the nonfiction books Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, A Brief History of Nordeast Minneapolis; the poetry books Late-Night Reading for Hardworking Construction Men (The Moon Publishing) and The Smell of Snow (ELJ Publications); and a novel, The Book Of (Damnation Books).Her needlepoints and beadwork have recently appeared on the covers of The Grey Sparrow Journal, QWERTY Magazine, and Kiki Magazine.

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