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Shadow in an Anorexic Glass FREE TO VIEW

Suzanne Richardson Harvey, PhD
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Correspondence to: Suzanne Richardson Harvey, PhD; e-mail: sharvey1210@comcast.net


Editor's Note: Suzanne Harvey lectured in the English Department at Stanford University with a doctorate in Elizabethan Poetry. She wrote this poem about anorexia because of her experience dealing with young women in her classrooms struggling with this disease.

—Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

Editor's note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should be related to concerns of physicians and medicine. First submissions to the Pectoriloquy Section should be submitted via e-mail to poetrychest@aol.com. Authors of accepted poems will be asked to submit the final version to CHEST Manuscript Central.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2009;135(3):880. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2161
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My ribs are needles now
Sharp and exquisitely fine
Soon I shall be a sheet of cellophane
They will see me as a window
To contemplate a shrinking heart
Whose chambers house dwarfs
Mannequins in a cruise display at Saks
I shall pirouette in the shadow
A needle of light
Diminished to a period
At the end of a parchment treatise
Spread in the Mojave sun
I shall model a shroud so transparent
The designer's hand will grasp
A cage of flesh subliming.


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