At the Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp
The hanged man is badly drawn, limbs
and torso unmatched, drafts at different times
the different times , but what is inexpressible
is the artist’s memory of the broken river ice
wheel rutted tumbril under its Dutch tree
the burgher and peasant alike plagued
by slush and the mud-sled broken limbed
passes the sneering mirthful ones, expectant
on the lawyer‘s torn indentures, expertly sealed.
Colin Honnor is a widely published poet in numerous magazines in print and online, a former editor of Poetry and Audience, a literary scholar and translator of modern European poetry, he runs a fine arts press in the Cotswolds.
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