Kate Horowitz

NEUROPATHY

The lateral spinothalamic track [sic] carries fibers associated with superficial and deep pain … To best evaluate this
track [sic], one should employ a pin prick or other sharp object. A torqued-break of a ‘wooden’ tongue depressor yields
the perfect disposable sharp-dull instrument … 

            Oldham H. and Hunter A.J., in “Peripheral Neuropathy”

Once a man on the other side
Of a small room held up

A tongue depressor,
Snapped it in two.

Showed me
One splintering half.

Close your eyes.
Lift your shirt.

Then he stood over me.
Tell me when you feel something.

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