Russell Edson

(1935 - 2014 / Connecticut, United States)

The Autopsy - Poem by Russell Edson

In a back room a man is performing an autopsy
on an old raincoat.
His wife appears in the doorway with a candle
and asks, how does it go?
Not now, not now, I'm just getting to the lining,
he murmurs with impatience.
I just wanted to know if you found any blood clots?
Blood clots?!
For my necklace . . .


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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