A textbook petrarchan sonnet, ‘MRI’ is a witty, pointed, second-person account of an MRI, from a patient’s perspective. The focus is less on the experience of having the MRI than it is on the relationships among patient, image, and image-maker. This kind of imaging is described as being one of “the arts / that show the way the body-machine rots” — but there is an implication that poetry, too, is such an art, or can be.
Daniel Karasik is an actor, director, poet, and playwright. He is the author of three books (The Crossing Guard & In Full Light and The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee, both published by Playwrights Canada Press, and Hungry: poems, published by Cormorant Books). He is artistic director of the Toronto-based independent theatre company Tango Co.