Helen Montague Foster
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 birth and death. Toads and babies. Love and fear. My son really had a hog-nosed snake, and it alternately hissed like a cobra and played dead.
HELEN MONTAGUE FOSTER, MD is a psychiatrist with a psychotherapy practice. She is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University, and her poems have appeared in JAMA, The Pharos, Citizen Jane, and Rattle. She is simultaneously revising two novels A year of seeing lights and Narcissistic injuries.