Cloth Text – $44.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-5096-6

Trade Paper – $18.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-5097-3
Publication Date
April 2000
Page Count
57 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2


Marc Straus

In this second book of poems, oncologist Marc J. Straus addresses the hopes and the tragedies of his profession. The work is a commentary on his experience in the medical field and a collection of rich, vivid monologues written from the points of view of both doctor and patient. These poems show a rare sensitivity not only to those who are suffering but also to the details that distinguish each life.

About the Author
"Symmetry takes the more difficult path of evoking the like measure of the hand's agency in healing and in hurting, the gap between the eye that listens and the voice that tells, the twin positions of the doctor and the patient. . . . Just as a thing seen can't be unseen, these felt words can't be unfelt. Marc Straus evokes the presence of what it is to be daily in the face of not being as it dwells below the surface and floods unbidden into recognition." --Ann Hamilton