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Issue 1 Poetry

A Drop of Near-Sanity in the Bucket that is this Insane Country

1. PRECIPICES  [2] 

i. Today, 7 April 20, fittingly,

marks anniversary

#26 of the Congo’s dreadful Ebola 

fight/flight. 

Now embrace 

full monte* to assault, naked, 

COVID mountain

or hangdog,*

our lax attitude maintenance

could drop Us

Rich peeps 

plus all those folks with no houses, formula,

Pampers. 

It will be 

hard to bounce back if we start continue

with nada as a cushion.

Santa Clara 

Stanford-Silicon Valley peak, 

we are

currently trying to 

raise $100 million to mitigate

The homeless plight.

*Paul Farmer MD used on this morning’s webinar

ii. COVID CLUB

[think AIDs]

While poor folk

die, flies

Your 1% $oar

an American

eagle equipped

with apps

that detect

+ victims

to avoid

so they can keep capitalizing

on coy

dating (sex) sites,

schools,

Haitian restaurants

which cater to

The Uber Rich

who still

test –

– real soon will 

establish

our own

political party.

2. CHEERLESS COVID COMPLICATIONS

Gross nasty bawdy body trying to codify its portfolio

of health risks – just as we get proficient 

with that eBay stethoscope and oximeter

to diagnose our languid leaky lungs

we are plunged into myocardial

then gastrointestinal and neurologic

maddening diathesis that make terrifyingly 

clear your life’s not immune to viral sepsis. 

3. HOPELESS HELPLESS COVID  REVERIES

– thanks to JL and BG

In a slamming cold rain

at least

by our 

Northern California

Sunny

standards

I am manning

the front porch

a merchant ship 

portable 

table set up for 

Instacart

Grocery

arrivals

unpredictable

benign 

hurricanes

of goods

some of which

like this

were

ordered

click clack

others 

“nope”

but

that

we sure happily

desperately

accept

unanticipated noon bounty

a storm 

may not come

our way

to the merchant ship

so quick 

again. 

Meanwhile

wiping

down every package

my wife

easily critiques 

bad swab technique

as I daydream about

sweet Mikki 

the mysterious 

blond

who drove 

the white T-Bird

luxury car 

in American Graffiti,

that one comedy

may she

rest in peace

or wherever we go,

no longer 

having to bear

this 

mid-septuagenarian

monsoon 

season of fear… 

Dear one, 

see you 

too soon.

By Gerard Sarnat

Gerard Sarnat won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for a handful of recent Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is widely published in academic-related journals (e.g., Universities of Chicago/ Maine/ San Francisco/Toronto, Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Pomona, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, Penn, Dartmouth, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Baltimore) plus national (e.g., Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, Peauxdunque Review, MiPOesias, American Journal Of Poetry, Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library Literary Journal, South Broadway Press, Parhelion, Clementine, pamplemousse, Red Wheelbarrow, Deluge, Poetry Quarterly, poetica, Tipton Journal, Hypnopomp, Free State Review, Poetry Circle, Buddhist Poetry Review, Poets And War, Thank You For Your Service Anthology, Wordpeace, Lowestoft Chronicle, 2020 International Human Rights Art Festival, Cliterature, Qommunicate, Indolent Books, Snapdragon, Pandemonium Press, Boston Literary Magazine, Montana Mouthful, Arkansas Review, Texas Review, San Antonio Review, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, Brooklyn Review, pacificREVIEW, San Francisco Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Fiction Southeast and The New York Times) and international publications (e.g., Review Berlin, London Reader, Voices Israel, Foreign Lit, New Ulster, Oslo Griffel, Transnational, Southbank, Wellington Street Review, Rome Lotus-Eaters). He’s authored the collections Homeless Chronicles: From Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting the Ice King (2016). Gerry is a physician who’s built and staffed clinics for the marginalized as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. Currently he is devoting energy/ resources to deal with climate change justice. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids plus six grandsons, and is looking forward to future granddaughters. His website it gerardsarnat.com.