Perihelion: An Online Journal of Poetry and Mayhem
The Phoenix Issue, No. 16, Winter 2008
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DANA LEVIN

The Charisma of the Doctor

Radiance dissolves like a bromide in the gut
which is why the food you eat hasn’t killed you yet.

—meridians where the long needles go in
to turn some kind of dial—

I can see from that rash in your navel
that you’ve hooked your tube to the mother-drug.
Give up sugar and make room for God.