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[Perspectives] Making peace with our faulty hearts

In Margaret Atwood’s Two Headed Poems (1978), two contrasting voices are heard. “The Woman Who Could Not Live With Her Faulty Heart” focuses on a woman who describes her own heart as a flawed and arrhythmic fish mouth yet speaks of tenderly singing to it. “The Woman Makes Peace With Her Faulty Heart” ends with a description of a precarious truce—a conciliation of sorts, as the woman imagines herself and her heart as distrustful co-conspirators.

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