Tag Archives: Helen Foster

The Veteran’s Hospital

Helen Montague Foster, MD Richmond, Virginia, United States (Winter 2011) Poet’s statement: Before I went to medical school, I followed doctor’s orders to hold my toddler son down and force on him more eye-drops than he needed to dilate his pupils. He panicked, and the atropine drops made him hallucinate. The incident I describe in […]

Reverse Birth

Helen Montague Foster, MD Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, United States (Spring 2011) Poet’s statement: I can’t remember if the TV show Ben Casey began or ended with the symbols for man, woman, birth, death, and infinity, but endings and beginnings intertwine in my heart, and depth perception comes from overlapping images. Here’s a poem overlapping […]