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  1. Langer, Corey J. MD

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Pack

What should I pack?

 

Ice?

 

Heat?

 

Lies?

 

Cards?

 

Dogs and wolves?

 

Maybe, I'll pack myself

 

Cram my body

 

In the carry-on

 

Fold my ears carefully

 

So the zipper leaves

 

No bloodstains

 

Wear the cuffs of my trousers

 

Rolled, so they don't snag.

 

I'm not as limber

 

As I once was

 

I might need the jumbo suitcase

 

Then again, due to size restrictions,

 

I might be gate-checked

 

Forced into the cargo hold

 

Where unpressurized, I'll freeze and dry,

 

Shrink to the size of a mothball

 

Unrecognizable, even if I am

 

Transferable

 

Awaiting reconstitution on the baggage carousel

 

Into something vaguely human

 

While those poor bastards above me

 

Packed together in steerage

 

Nose to seatback

 

Rack up their frequent flyer miles

 

Like Grandma used to save

 

Her S and H greenstamps

 

Reaping all the benefits

 

Of their wings and prayers

 

Corey J. Langer, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Chief of Thoracic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

 

A former President of Delaware Valley Poets, a grassroots group based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, that conducts monthly workshops and hosts monthly readings, he continues to spearhead its monthly readings, which are now done in tandem with US 1 Worksheets at the Princeton Public Library.

  
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His poetry has been widely published, including in Brooklines, A Muddy River Anthology, A Different Latitude, Thatchwork, Annals of Internal Medicine, Edison Literary Review, Quick and Dirty Poets, Identity Theory, U.S. 1, and U.S. 1 Worksheets.