December #77 : All Versed Up - by Philip Huang

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*69: AIDS, We've Got Your Number

Sleeping With The Enemy

Enter the Dragon

Change of Heart

Name Game

Chimp and See

Pop Tart


Magilla Guerrilla

Spin Cycle

Poetry in Motion

Gifts That Keep Giving

All Versed Up


Let's Get Naked

Vax for HIVers

States of Emergency


Fat Chance

Hep C, Hep Do

Fed Tape

Gift of Life

Publisher's Letter


Bishop Rainey Cheeks

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 2001

All Versed Up

by Philip Huang

Two of the epidemic's best poets offer new collections this month. Mark Doty's Source (HarperCollins) is filled with animals. The easy indulgence of such poetry would be to embalm each bird and beast as an emblem of human pathos, but Doty is after something deeper. Source is about the luxury of the survivor: to be able to look away from human putrefaction and death and instead revel in the menagerie of little brave and chattering familiars. Luxuries, hoarded and finally extended to the dead. Landscape With Human Figure (Duke University Press) by Rafael Campo is about not having the luxury to look away. An AIDS physician, Campo boldly defies the myth of the kind and courageous care giver. This is not stylish cynicism but a brave admission of his own limitations: He is made speechless by a dying man's gentle reproach: "You can't know how I feel." Just as often, Campo peers curiously into the dreamlife of his patients.

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