by Robert Frazier


Before lipid-exchanged imaging or DNA tagging or MRIs
Before Galvani or the De Humani Corporis Fabrica of 1543

The notion of mind seemed widely unformed
Simpler certainly but no less intriguing

For Aristotle considered the brain a kind
Of cooling mechanism for the blood

But from what I’ve seen of this world
It’s the head that inflames the heart

With love’s causality and burning losses
While blood strives for a temperate climate


Copyright © 2016 by Robert Frazier



Featured Poet of the Month  Robert Frazier

My father taught cryptography for Army Security after working with Turing’s bombe at Bletchley Park during WWII. My mother was an oil painter who studied with Emile Albert Gruppé in Rockport. The science of deciphering gibberish into plain text somehow meshes with impressionistic imagery in my writing. I live on Nantucket Island with my wife, Karol Lindquist, a nationally recognized basketmaker, while my daughter, Timalyne, was a graduate of Clarion West in 1995 (I was at Clarion ‘80). I am the author of nine books of poetry, and a three-time winner of the Rhysling Award. I have published over one hundred poems in Asimov’s.

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