On my Big List of Books I want to write, poems, is a book of Some Body Parts. For many reasons I have written many poems about teeth. ( I have read very few poems about other people’s teeth.)
Teeth have always been a subject
for my poems. Mine and yours.
My father’s friend Milton Turkoff
was our family’s dentist.
His office had a funny dentist smell and Milton
didn’t talk much and he wasn’t gentle either.
But every time I sat in his dental chair
I remembered my father telling my mother
“Milton has hands just like feet.”
This morning Peter wanted to go to a dentist
and his George Kivowitz mostly practices
in Pennsylvania so I emailed my friend Cynthia Gomez
She is a periodontist and gums
are another body part like teeth that will be
prominently featured in Some Body Parts.
Peter will see her this morning. And she
emailed a sentence I’ve been waiting for
for years: We will take good care of him.