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Poetry Cancer Ward Flat-bottomed Nurse

This was a book published in probably the 70s or 80's, about the time of Cancer Ward  by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,so it didn't have that name, although that would have been appropriate.


The last poem, which I would love to find, was about an orchestra, and it referred to the violins as "horsehair on cats' guts".


I believe most of the poems were about cancer.  I also remember that one of the gruff, but helpful and kind, nurses was referred to as "flat-bottomed."


If you can help, please send me a PM as well as posting here.


Thank you much!

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Re: Poetry Cancer Ward Flat-bottomed Nurse

Hey Pepper,

Audre Lorde's The Cancer Journals was published in the 1980s.  I don't know how much poetry is in the book but it's an idea. :smileyhappy:

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