2] articu-/late: characterized by segments linked by movable joints; talkative.
7] Monster Mash: a big song hit in 1962 by the singer Bobby "Boris" Pickett and his back-up singers the Cryptkickers. The son of a movie theatre owner, like Gotlieb, Pickett got his nickname doing impressions of the actor Boris Karloff, who played the monster in Frankenstein.
12] Tarsals: bones connecting the foot to the leg. Phalanges: the digital (toe) bones.
24] Femur: upper leg bone connecting to the thigh and so termed also the thighbone.
29] The intercondylar notch of the femur appears between the condyles (the knobs made by knuckle joints) at the bone's distal (lower) end and houses the cruciate ligaments.
30] The larger of two prominences, at the proximal (upper) end of the femur, that serve as places for attaching muscles and ligaments.
31] basin-like structure of different bones linking the backbone to the femurs.
38] coccyx: tailbone, the lowest, fused four-or-so vertebrae of the backbone that guard the guts.
43] Sacrum: five fused vertebrae that fix the spine to the pelvic girdle.
48] Originally a long s, meaning summa, Latin for `sum.'
51] atrophy: shrink, weaken.
55] lumbago: muscular rheumatism of the lower vertebrae of the backbone, just above the sacrum.
56] absorbine junior: a fluid linament that eases or eliminates arthritic pain.
57] thorax: chest area between the neck and the abdomen. the Dorsals: back surfaces of the body.
61] cervical vertebrae: the uppermost seven vertebrae, the atlas (which bears the weight of the skull), the axis (which enbales the atlas to pivot and so the skull to turn), and the five lower segments, named only by their number, from 1 to 5.
66] hyoid: ligaments attach this to the temporal bone (which containd the inner ear) and anchor the tongue.
72] clavicle: each clavicle or collarbone, found at the front of the shoulders, attaches to the sternum (the frontal, mid-chest vertical bone) and a lateral triangular shoulder blade or scapula.
79] humerus: upper arm, attached to the shoulder blade, and linked to the lower arm, which comprises two longish slender bones, the ulna (on the little finger side of the forearm) and the radius (on the thumb side of the forearm), to which is attached the wrist.
89] `bridge-maker,' one of the council of priests in early Rome.
97] alkali: soluble salts including potassium and sodium carbonate.
98] concave: rounded like the inside of a bowl.
99] cortex: outer gray layer of the brain's cerebrum and cerebellum. arteriole: the twig-like end of an artery that flows into capillaries or very small blood vessels.
104] Frontal: the frontal lobes, the largest part of the cerebral hemispheres, have convoluted ridges running between sulci or grooves. Parietals: the side upper-to-middle lobes of the cerebral hemispheres.
109] Ethmoid: a squarish bone between the eye sockets at the base of the nose.
111] Temporals: the lowest lobes, located beneath the Sylvian fissure, a deep furrow that separates the temporal lobe from the frontal lobe.
112] Zygomatics: the parts of the skulls pertaining to the cheekbones.
115] Sphenoid: bones at the base of the skull.
116] Conchae: the turbinate, two shell-like projections from the ethmoid bone that form ledges on the inside of the nasal cavity. Palatines: bones relating to the palate or the roof of the mouth.
118] The three bones of the middle ear, named after their shapes, the stirrup (stapes), hammer (malleus), and anvil (incus).
120] tone poem: a poem where sound greatly exceeds content.
123] Occiput: the back of the skull.
124] Foramen Magnum: the largest of the holes in the skull, a round opening at the base of the skull through which the sinal cord nerves enter.
126] vascular: having to do with blood and other vessels in the body.
129] triple / membranes: the meninges.
137] phagocytes: white blood-cells, destroyers of bacteria.
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
Copyright 2002 Red Blood Black Ink White Paper Exile Editions
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: Phyllis Gotlieb, Red Blood, Black Ink, White Paper: new and
selected poems, 1961-2001 (Toronto: Exile Editions, 2002): 53-57. PS
8513.O77R33 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1969
Publication date note: Ordinary, moving (1969).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/1/11
Composition date note: Ordinary, moving (1969).
Rhyme: variously rhyming and unrhymed
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