Bronson is an endocrinologist, and this is his first collection of poetry. Some of his work draws directly and successfully on his medical experiences, but most does not. There is a cool intelligence and compassion throughout which one can think of as exemplifying the ideal doctor, but little which fits easily with lazier notions of “medical humanities”. Rather, the driving force is an awareness of cultural heritage. Music and literature are everywhere. The girl, the poet, his late father are all musical, and we learn that Bronson’s library includes Rilke’s magnificent (and fiercely difficult) Duino Elegies and the like.
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