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Poetry and Oncology
June 2016

The Permanent

Author Affiliations
  • 1NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, Concord Hospital Family Health Center, Concord, New Hampshire
JAMA Oncol. 2016;2(6):743. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.1393

I was 10. 1989. I begged my mother for a perm.
I didn’t just want a perm; I needed one
if I was going to make it in middle school.

But, like MC Hammer pants, Z Cavaricci jeans, and Guess sweatshirts,
I discovered the fad a day after it stopped being cool, and in the mirror was an incredibly awkward, freshly coiffed poodle
and I knew I was in for one long bad-hair-year.

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