Featured image taken from Anatomically labelled X-Ray images (1920).
To whom it may concern,
I would like to offer my services of synovial
membranes and joints, azygos veins forming phrenic
branches united with soleus, metatarsus, flexor brevis digitorum.
I believe I am a productive entity, ischi rami to sacro-siatic ligament
dividing into networks of obturator membrane, outwards to iliac crest.
As an effective calcaneo-scaphoid with a specialization in coordination,
there is no reason I should be unemployed, other than the fusion of
intercostal spaces, mitochondrial dysfunction, enthesis fibrosis.
I also have experience in mechanical isolation, economic
malnutrition, caregiver enmeshment. It would be a
pleasure to engage my venae cavae for the
purpose of proliferating production.
Thank you for your
It hadn’t occurred to me. The remaining
coins were the last I would see in some time.
But the front door was open to the sun.
It was good to be poor and sedated and alive,
no matter the weather. If I was twenty-one
and walking with a cane, I’d look good doing it.
People always refer to the streets as alive,
but they aren’t and neither are the people.
Nostalgia is useless but I know that back
in the day, people walked slower.
They wouldn’t fill, they’d empty
Bára Hladíková is an artist and writer based in Montréal. She is the managing editor of Theta Wave and her book archiving diasporic nostalgia from the Eastern Bloc was recently published by Publication studio. She is currently working on a book-length poetics project made with found medical literature, including her own.