Is Resurrection of the Dead Possible?

Heidi Czerwiec Blitch

—London, Theosophy International, 1921


We’ve witnessed the anatomical spectacle:
the frog’s wired leg both cathode
and electrode; the cadaver a vehicle
for current; scent of ozone; muscle splayed.

The test taken further, “for the good
of medicine,” but with a Frankenstein-
like glee. Scene: scientist-esquire, afraid
of public outrage, nonetheless scorches
corpse after corpse in quest of the fine line
which separates Lazarus from human torch.

The paddles’ sizzling kiss reanimates
a man’s stuttering heart; the bouncing ping
across the screen a fervid waltz of volts;
on his chest, the bright prints of their torch song.


—with thanks to David Wojahn
© 2007 University of North Carolina Greensboro
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HEIDI CZERWIEC BLITCH teaches at University of Utah where she received her PhD. Her manuscript, Cleave, was a finalist for the Pleiades Press First Book Competition. She received her MFA from UNC Greensboro.