What happens after putrefaction?—our bones take their place in a great geological layering process whose strata can be analyzed and dated. These 2 horrors propelled Martin Kohn, PhD, director of the Program in Medical Humanities and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, to seek solace in an embrace not of his “inner child”, but of his “inner-geezer”. This awakening to impermanence, that has taken shape during his nearly 40 years of involvement in the medical humanities, will be shared through poems, his own and those of others, that focus on aging and death. His hope is that any angst you may have experienced about aging, death–and poetry– will be lessened a bit.
Martin Kohn, PhD, is director of the Program in Medical Humanities and Associate Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He co-founded the Center for Literature and Medicine with Carol Donley, PhD, of Hiram College, and with Dr. Donley served as a founding editor of the Literature and Medicine series at Kent State University Press. His poetry has appeared in both print and electronic journals, including Exquisite Corpse, Ad Libitum/Annals of Internal Medicine, and ZEEK: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture.
This event is sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and is free and open to the public. Registration requested.