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Pathology of colours

Dannie Abse


Pathology of colours

Dannie Abse


Poem introduction

For years I practised as a doctor and eventually I managed to write poems that had a medical thrust to them. I used to be asked at poetry readings sometimes - "You're a doctor but you don't seem to write poems which have a medical undertone," and I think I felt I ought to call upon my experience, however traumatic it might have been. And the first of the medical poems I really wrote was this one called 'Pathology of colours'.

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