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Poetry and Medicine
September 22/29, 2020

The Exact Shade of Code Grey—Sutter Psych Hospital

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  • 1University of California, Davis
JAMA. 2020;324(12):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.7940

What anomalous culture were we,
the thinning pebbles under a river,
or amethyst-black pearls? The shade of code
meant women, a girls’ fight
on cold stone cement,

or stainless steel sink, silver
slicked with shad scales, surfaces we shrank from
so that hearing it PA’d
we’d back into shared rooms
we’re territorially squeezed to get along in,

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