Saturday, January 2, 2010

Primate

1

No monkey has died
during isolation. When

initially removed from
total social isolation,

however, they usually
go into a state of
emotional shock,

characterized by ...
autistic self-clutching and rocking.

One of six monkeys
isolated for 3 months

refused to eat after release
and died 5 days later.

The autopsy report attributed death
to emotional anorexia.

2

Monkey babies cling
to fabric mothers,

ignoring wire rivals:
clothes hangers with food.

The same part of me
reaches for you

even in sleep
and hungers when you are not there.

1 comment:

  1. I know of (and abhor) these studies.

    The first part looks wholly found poem?

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