The Army Medical Corps Handbook

 

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Sheffield graffiti – artist unknown. Photograph by J. Mellor .

The Army Medical Corps Handbook

The suffocated dark
of the book’s small print
filled with expertise
where the blood flowed         from the days when
those lines and destinations
mapped the body

a handbook of circuits
blue and red                    the patient partially I
a stand in trying to read
this little diagram            one page
of how we are

the heart is attendant
knows how to stem any emergency
things are dealt with   stitched
we were             we are             think of that
a map like the underground              empty platforms
ghost stations

misted glass and your name
your name speeding past

compression points
show where to press
between the wound and the heart.

(First published in The Rialto, No.81, 2014)

 

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