Holy Hippocampus: A Conversation in Couplets

Holy Hippocampus: A Conversation in Couplets Maureen Seaton and Denise Duhamel The human brain stores a million gigabytes of memory, so why is it I can’t recall where I plunked down my keys or orange flash drive? If only I could access the words of Proust I read at twenty or what you said yesterday about how to treat a cold—was it frankincense? Frank remembers you so clearly but you can’t access his face even looking at his picture. High school classmates, grade school teachers: a blur! I’ve always wanted to tell you that my mother with Alzheimer’s recalled her Carteret childhood in encyclopedic detail—but that was it. Did she forget being a mother and your childhood? I love reimagined retro postcards: I left my baby on the bus! Or I forgot to have children. That’s my Mom! Unable to spell the world backward by fifty-five. d-lr-o-w. They say the brain alters a memory simply by remembering it. That is why I remember my second-grade accordion as gold but in pictures it is maroon. In one my hair has a green tint—impossible, or ahead of your time, as always! They also say our short-term memory holds only seven pieces of information at a time. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

Holy Hippocampus: A Conversation in Couplets

Prairie Schooner, Volume 91 (2) – Aug 9, 2017

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Maureen Seaton and Denise Duhamel The human brain stores a million gigabytes of memory, so why is it I can’t recall where I plunked down my keys or orange flash drive? If only I could access the words of Proust I read at twenty or what you said yesterday about how to treat a cold—was it frankincense? Frank remembers you so clearly but you can’t access his face even looking at his picture. High school classmates, grade school teachers: a blur! I’ve always wanted to tell you that my mother with Alzheimer’s recalled her Carteret childhood in encyclopedic detail—but that was it. Did she forget being a mother and your childhood? I love reimagined retro postcards: I left my baby on the bus! Or I forgot to have children. That’s my Mom! Unable to spell the world backward by fifty-five. d-lr-o-w. They say the brain alters a memory simply by remembering it. That is why I remember my second-grade accordion as gold but in pictures it is maroon. In one my hair has a green tint—impossible, or ahead of your time, as always! They also say our short-term memory holds only seven pieces of information at a time.

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