Eraserhead (the poem) by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

They turned my grandmother into a vegetable
after her youngest son
never came home from school
and was found floating in
Georgian Bay.

So docile and expressionless
I never knew her outside of what
she had become.
Many years later
there was this one in the Sudbury nuthouse
receiving ECT every few weeks,
she called it a reset.

Made it sound simple as programming
your VCR.

All her memories gone.
While other men are accused
of murder.


Ryan Quinn Flanagan presently resides in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with an acute case of cabin fever after another long Canadian winter. He dreams of warm places and warmer women.

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