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Inaugural 2010 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine: Open International 2nd Prize

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Mechanics

The night you told me I dreamed an engine

and inside was something like those squid

stretched out on washing lines in Greek ports.

The mechanic in his blue boiler suit

reached down and pulled it away, long tendrils

yielding clean through the radiator

in a series of soft popping noises,

all across the blackened …

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