Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 Poetry |

Anatomy Lessons

Lamplit, Leonardo da Vinci cut upstolen corpses, secretly figured out the muscles, tendons, ligaments, under threat ofexcommunication. Nightly, Michelangelo drafted death's skin,bones, his charcoal drawing a secret knowledgebarred by Rome's enforcers, its prelates sure of heaven's endorsement. Modern doctors, surgeons, masseurs, masseuseslearn it early, openly——basic knowledgenothing secret, magical, sacred, hidden, nothing forbidden. All our dancers, gym teachers know it too, dull stuff when you compare it to making ballets, coaching winners, running rehearsals. Every student just takes the course, grinds out the memorization: Latin names and functions, origins, inserts, tensor fasciae latae, brachioradialis,biceps femoris, supinator, pronator, intercostal, iliacus, greater trochanter, semi- tendinosis, adductor magnus, psoas, gluteus, teres— Strip down. Kneel down. Turn to the light. Let go. I'llcatch you, reaching hands for your body's teaching.Let me lose

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