Monday, February 11, 2019

Stoic Dawn, a poem by Jessie Browne

Stoic Dawn
by Jessie Browne

Motionless morning—
You lie passively.
Do you resist or languish?

Under your dead-weight
Gaze, squirming, I feel
My exuberance falter;

Gently, joy abates,
Finding itself bridled,
Sheepishly going to ground.

Water quenches fire;
You are not the rain.
Stone hedges. The inferno,

Not slaked or smothered,
Burns stationary --
A moving picture, dancing

Light show, wild, denied,
Full of longing, and
Hungry to combust anew

From Jessie Brown: “I have been honing my skills as a music journalist at Indy Metal Vault and a memoirist on my personal blog,  Professionally, I am a chemist in the food and beverage industry. I live on the near Eastside of Indy in Little Flower with a spunky calico cat.”

Monday, February 4, 2019

O Poesy Romance Unmasked, a poem by Gerard Sarnat

O Poesy Romance Unmasked
by Gerard Sarnat

My wife, who once
was lost to another

gave me L.Cohen’s
82 years’ ordinary

which read dreary like they
shouldn’t see the light of

But underneath all that
chaff, I can begin to

then find what would become
Suzanne and Hallelujah

Brother Leonard’s determined
task to dress kōans for

was to find paths that
dance us to end of

Gerard Sarnat won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, has been nominated for Pushcarts and authored four collections: HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), and Melting The Ice King (2016), which included work published by Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and in Gargoyle, American Journal of Poetry (Margie), Main Street Rag, MiPOesias, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Voices Israel, Tishman Review, Suisun Valley Review, Burningwood Review, Fiction Southeast, Junto, Tiferet, plus featured in New Verse News, Eretz, Avocet, LEVELER, tNY, StepAway, Bywords, Floor Plan, Good-Man-Project, Anti-Heroin-Chic, Poetry Circle, Fiction Southeast, Walt Whitman Tribute Anthology and Tipton Poetry Journal. For Huffington Post/other reviews, readings, publications, and interviews, visit Harvard/Stanford educated, Gerry’s worked in jails, built/staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO and Stanford Med professor. Married for a half century, Gerry has three kids and four grandkids so far.