Ananta Madhavan

The Glass Man - Poem by Ananta Madhavan

Transparency is at best a doubtful virtue.
He stands with shameless candour,
Indecently attracting
Queue-scorning swarms to view his nudity.
Nor that alone: his cold, sleek body,
Stripped even of its nakedness,
Exposes to the throbbing crowd
The unseen secrets of the shell,
Fossilised with subtle care;
The mummy of a corpse unborn
Inanimately demonstrating
Lessons in anatomy.

Topic(s) of this poem: education

Poet's Notes about The Poem

In 1957, at an international trade exhibition in New Delhi, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) presented 'the Glass Man' to show
its medical technology. This popular exhibit prompted my poem, which was published later by an Indian journal.

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  • Mallika Achuthan Menon (4/4/2014 12:21:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem....Great writing..Thank you.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 4, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, April 4, 2014

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