Med Humanities 38:e3 doi:10.1136/medhum-2011-010135
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The glial trees

  1. Emma Zimmerman
  1. Correspondence to Emma Zimmerman, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada; elzimme{at}
  1. Contributors EZ is the sole contributor to this poem.

I will chop the mesquite today.

Autoclave the axe at 121°C,

Soft tissue blade.

And till the beds, leaving

The furrows of your brain to fallow:

A grey, nitrate-sucking matter. …