About Ron Mohring
Ron Mohring's other chapbooks are Amateur Grief (1998, Frank O'Hara Award) and The David Museum (2002, New Michigan Press). His poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Artful Dodge, Bay Windows, DIAGRAM, Gettysburg Review, Hanging Loose and other journals. He is the current Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University, where he teaches literature and creative writing and serves as associate editor of West Branch.
The speaker of these poems is unafraid of seeing the processes of living and dying. The clinical and the mysterious coexist in a world where a hospital worker demonstrates how to insert a catheter and a child learns to love the body's salt taste. These are the poems of an empathic participant-observer, committed to precision and gratitude, to the body in community served by a sense-making beneficent spirit.
Where are your gloves? Joyce
I swipe his buttocks clean with a wet towel, roll
pull out the soiled linen, unroll and snap tight
bisects his forehead, parts his thinning hair.
the following winter. I forget, I say. I pretend