Summer/Fall 1997 • Vol. XIX No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 1997 |

Power

These aren't the kind of scars he can show in public, obviously, but he's doing very well …             Dr. David Berman Half of the penis remains   for a man whose dong had been bitten off     by a dog, the organ extended by cutting ligaments that attached it   to the pubic bone, the public     turning away from pre-op photos of another member eaten out   by cancer—two million men (ruined     by birth defects, burns, and accidents on the farm) still waiting for   the pudendal nerve in the perineum     to be reconnected for pleasure. How else restore their dignity?—phallic   disabilities our nation's silent     agony. But what of men who want a couple of extra inches   for their own self-esteem, standing outside     a clinic in Toronto among boutiques, no sample large enough   to estimate what constitutes     an ''average" endowment? Som

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Timothy Liu’s next book, Luminous Debris: New & Selected Legerdemain (1992-2017), will be out next year. He lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY. www.timothyliu.net

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