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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Jon Glover

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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ISBN: 978 1 857549 67 6
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2008
216 x 135 x 8 mm
96 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Close your eyes to make
    it large, larger, largest. Someone can see it
    and put it on film, so like a picture, so like an echo
    attracting and repelling across what you can only
    imagine as noise in a vast cathedral dome, knocking
    for a door, logged in your head, wordless.

                                            from ‘Magnetic Resonance Imaging’
    In hospital for a scan, Jon Glover became fascinated by the ways in which Magnetic Resonance Imaging creates pictures of the hidden processes of the nervous system. It could express what is already written within the human body, in all organic life and the earth itself. Whether in the hospital scanner or the vast particle accelerators exploring the fabric of the universe in laboratories deep underground in Geneva, the process of making atoms collide to reveal new meanings tells a story, written in the brain, on the walls of a cave, in a poem. The poems in Magnetic Resonance Imaging grew out of an enforced awareness of the fragility of the human body; they grow into an understanding of the indestructible force of the imaginative energy that constantly rearranges existing elements into new forms.


    Cover image Half of the CMS inner tracker barrel, part of the Large Hadron Collider, CERN, Geneva. Photograph copyright CERN. Cover design by StephenRaw.com.
    Table of Contents

    Upstate Again


    Came Back   
    Coal Bags   
    Bullet or Fossil   
    Darkrooms: In the Box   
    I Thought of Pretty   
    Wing   
    You’re Gone; Like Ears   
    Blemish   
    Dare Like Dead   
    Driving Down   
    The Beautiful Machines   
    More Trash   
    Risk   
    Site   
    Snakes Again   
    Themselves Dry   
    Walking, Not Waking   
    Way Through   
    Olana   

    Seeing As


    Something Like   
    Ancient Lost Poems   
    Flying The   
    Oh, Crying This  
    The Sun Rocking   
    Caen   
    Caen and York   
    Arms   
    Button Box   
    Duty Free   
    The Function of Dreams   
    Instruments    
    Postwar   
    The Study Floor   
    Watch on Deck   


    The MS Poems


    Back to the Diagnosis   
    Cells   
    My Mother’s Microscope   
    Sucking a Pencil   
    Pens Unpurchased   
    Make Over   
    Picture It as if from a Cave   
    Like CERN   
    CERN: Frontiers, Grave-Diggers   
    Reformation   
    A Shared Vision   
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging   
    Cast Adrift   
    Altamira   
    Time Travel   
    Sound Waves   
    Carbon Holdings   

    Burnishing


    Digitised Returns   
    Burnishing   
    The Census Form Poem   
    Furnace Fires   
    Glimpse in the Furnace Shed   
    Skin Filed for the Job   
    1946 for Safe Keeping In   

    Postscript: Seeing As    

     'Magnetic Resonance Imaging by Jon Glover is my book of the year'
    Ian McMillan, The Verb, BBC Radio 3 (December 2008)
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