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Poetry and Medicine
December 24/31, 2014

Mingus

Author Affiliations
  • 1Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
JAMA. 2014;312(24):2690. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8632

With cobra-quick big hands, he takes the nightclub’s air
By the throat. He caresses it, and makes it give its cry
of pleasure. He plucks the bass until his sidemen almost
feel the notes shake loose their souls. He’s fat, stuck up
and afraid, infested with excess genius. He sets, in the gap of a synapse,
a whole future he makes quiver in a stop-time beat, till contact

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