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This poetic trace was used in:
Poem 8: Hooked on Haibun
Poem 38: "Child soldier"


For years, I've been planning to do something with a few texts
of Medieval Gynecology. (My father is a gynecologist and has
many different texts, including these, kicking around his house.)
I've created several visual pieces from the amazing images of
fetuses in vitro, but I've always thought that there was a rich mine
of material in the sometimes shocking, yet colourful treatments.
There are astounding attitudes, sometimes wisdom, sometimes
interesting cultural encodings, and great lists of plants, treatments,
procedures, etc. in these texts. Anyway, I've never figured out what
to do with them, but imagine that you might have be able to do so.
Here is an online Google version. I know it'd be easier to have a text
file, but maybe this is useful anyway. I don't know if you can get
the full text stateside of the first book. It is the one that I've looked
at more and mined the illustrations: