Thursday, August 13, 2015
The New Kind of Flesh: "Doc, why don't you do something?"
Having suddenly located the poem's vaguely Homeric or Danteesque site, the poem marks a quick return to the direct address that initiated it. The official title has been replaced with a folksy equivalent that might, had it not been preceded by that initiating statement, have been the monicker of one of the Seven Dwarfs. On the other hand, the portentous uncertainty of the moon's coming out has modified here into a direct cry for help. The doctor makes a diagnosis, but Doc has some capability to actually do something about our condemned state in this pit. We can only surmise that Doc is possessed of that form of know-how born not of medical training but of life in the Wild West, or possibly as the paternal caretake of Dopey, Grumpy, and Snow White.