Medicine Stone: Poems

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Book by Coulehan, Jack, Coulehan, John L.

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Medicine Stone, by Dr. Jack Coulehan, is a collection of poems that looks at the world through the eyes of a physician and poet and is about human nature and human frailty of both mind and body. The book is divided into three sections. The title section, "Medicine Stone" contains poems with medical themes from the perspective of both doctors and patients. The writer and physician Anton Chekhov, who holds a special fascination for the author, is the subject of the second section, "The Cherry Orchard, " and "First Ascent of the Future" is about the history of science and human culture, which is populated by Keats, Whitman, Darwin, Ishi, as well as by anthropology and current events and reflections on family life, experiences, and dreams.

Although the book is divided into parts, there are qualities that inform and strengthen the poems consistently. These are clearly intelligent, sensitive poems by an educated and compassionate man. The style is straightforward but often ironic, with moments of anger and pain balanced by moments of humor. And throughout the collection we meet and remeet the inevitable enemy, death.

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"With the publication of this book of poems, Jack Coulehan becomes the foremost physician/poet of this time. No one writes about the beauty and frailty of the human body with a keener eye and a larger heart. The poems about that other great physician and writer Anton Chekov are small masterpieces. Medicine Stone is a magnificent achievement."
—Richard Selzer, surgeon and writer

"We are hearing the unique voice of a masterful narrator who has stood witness to anguish and the hope of everyday life, as only a compassionate bedside doctor can perceive them. Dr. Jack Coulehan is a poet of the real. The words and rhythms of humanity are in this book, set to the cadences of an understanding heart. "
—Sherwin B. Nuland, author of How We Die

"Objectifying tragedy in our lives, including the horrific, is one of the heaviest challenges a writer can undertake. In these poems Jack Coulehan brings a physician's skills and a philosopher's compassionate insights to the task. If we use Randall Jarrell's definition of a great poet as a man who stands out in lightning storms and gets hit six times, Jack Coulehan qualifies. I've counted more than seven in this impressive collection."
—David Ray, author of HeartStones: New and Selected Poems

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