Newly Published
Mind to Mind  |   February 2020
Boring Holes
Author Notes
  • This poem is one of the finalists of Anesthesiology’s 2019 annual creative writing competition, The Letheon.
    This poem is one of the finalists of Anesthesiology’s 2019 annual creative writing competition, The Letheon.×
  • Accepted for publication February 5, 2020.
    Accepted for publication February 5, 2020.×
Article Information
Mind to Mind
Mind to Mind   |   February 2020
Boring Holes
Anesthesiology Newly Published on February 27, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003226
Anesthesiology Newly Published on February 27, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003226
if you ever let the logic recess,
yes, go on recess,
go back, slack—
imagine
the orbitofrontal cortex
smashed, pushed
back, down,
sound of slouch-
ing,
its roof the seat of a slide
down
from the midbrain.
when you let it get too
emotional illogical obsessive compulsive
borderline—
say, “it’s mine!”
you can
whisper, whimper,
lull
your sweet way into your
sweet, sweet
skull—
not to sit down but to
stretch it out,
stretch out the seat,
pull it back to form—
the even-handed, manageable and managing setter
of norms,
the decor
-um.
imagine mangling your brain back to decorum.