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ISSUE INTRO

The Burgeoning Field of Cardio-Oncology

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RECOGNITIONS

Barry H. Trachtenberg Leads Issue on Cardio-Oncology

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Heart Failure in Relation to Anthracyclines and Other Chemotherapies

Heart Failure in Relation to Tumor-Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapies

The Role of Cardiovascular Imaging and Serum Biomarkers in Identifying Cardiotoxicity Related to Cancer Therapeutics

Prevention and Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiotoxicity

Cardiovascular Toxicities of Radiation Therapy

Electrophysiologic Complications in Cancer Patients

Vascular Toxicity in Patients with Cancer: Is There a Recipe to Clarify Treatment?

Future Directions in Cardio-Oncology

CASE REPORTS See More

A Rare Case of Pancreatitis-Induced Thrombosis of the Aorta and Superior Mesenteric Artery

Anomalous Origin of the Right Coronary Artery from the Left Main Coronary Artery in the Setting of Critical Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis

Simultaneous Transfemoral Mitral and Tricuspid Valve in Ring Implantation: First Case Report with Edwards Sapien 3 Valve

Uneventful Follow-Up 2 Years after Endovascular Treatment of a High Flow Iatrogenic Aortocaval Fistula Causing Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Do Not Pass Flow: Microvascular Obstruction on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance After Reinfarction Following Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

EXCERPTA

Cardio-Oncology, Then and Now: An Interview with Barry Trachtenberg

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Onconephrology: An Evolving Field

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Herbal Nephropathy

EXCERPTA

Rolling the Dice on Red Yeast Rice

EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor in Response to “Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Diabetes Mellitus”

Vol 6, Issue 3 (2010)

Humanities Full Text

POET'S PEN

Returning to the Luxapalila

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Paul Ruffin, (2010) Returning to the Luxapalila. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal: July 2010, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 63-63.



The river is the color of earth, fed by runoff
from pastures and fields of cotton and corn
and forestland heavy with humus.
Kneeling by the water near a shale outcropping,
I shatter my face and settle my outspread hand,
palm up, until it fades from sight
like something drowned in history’s dark pages —
now you see it, now you don’t.
Watching the hand disappear, I see
the face of a girl eased down by the pastor,
her paleness and blond hair darkened,
held below that brown rush
until she broke the surface again,
arms flung wide in the flaring sun,
face shining like an angel’s,
white marble with thin blue veins
trailing from her temples to blend
with water whispering off her hair,
dress sheer and tight on her tiny breasts,
Thank you, Jesus, he cried to the water and the woods.
Here as a boy I curled at the end
of a cable swing, flung out, released,
hung there, wingless creature floating on air
until gravity snatched me and I dropped
breathless to the river, the flash of green bank,
the sun a yellow something spinning on blue,
then my feet entering the water, my body
going down through that wet tunnel,
the color of weak whiskey across my eyes,
a darker stronger bourbon, then nothing,
slipping into the earth itself, and deeper,
until my feet touched the bottom,
the spongy primordial end of the world.
A thrust and I rose through the tunnel,
eyes uplifted toward the brightness,
hands and arms battering like wings
to burst breathless to green and blue,
the steady round face of the sun,
my vision bleared by water,
the taste of Earth upon my tongue.
My feet uncertain against the muddy slope,
I clamber back to the level of brush and briar
on the bluff, watch the brown ribbon below
weaving around a grassy bar, and see —
is it a simple slant of light
breaking from behind me? —
the girl’s marble-white face rising free,
hair streaming, cupped by my hand,
her arms stretched out to the mounting sun.

Paul Ruffin, author of 2 novels, 3 collections of short stories, 4 books of essays, and 7 collections of poetry, is the 2009 Texas State Poet Laureate and Texas State University System Regents’ Professor and Distinguished Professor of English at Sam Houston State University, where he edits The Texas Review and directs Texas Review Press. Printed with the author’s permission.