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Poetry: Shelter In Place, Fourth Vegetarian Month kouta [2]

by Gerard Sarnat

Shelter In Place, Fourth Vegetarian Month kouta*

by Gerard Sarnat

Authentic phenomenon?
Solitary male
wolves recently flood me with
dumb digital jokes. 

And then would you believe it
whenever they Zoom
as a group, I see their fangs
decayed, no access to bones. 

* Formal Japanese poetry.  Four lines.  Syllable disciple 7-5-7-5.

About the author

Gerard Sarnat won San Francisco Poetry’s 2020 Contest, Poetry in Arts First Place Award plus Dorfman Prize; has been nominated for Pushcarts/Best of Net Awards; authored HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting The Ice King (2016);  and is widely published including by Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Virginia Commonwealth, Harvard, Penn, Dartmouth, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, Universities of Chicago/ Maine/ Edinburgh, Gargoyle, Margie, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, Northampton Poetry Review, Peauxdunque Review, Canary Eco, Vonnegut Museum/Library Literary Journal, 2020 International Human Rights Art Festival, Buddhist Poetry Review, Military Experience and the Arts, Cliterature, Brooklyn Review, Texas Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Magazine, New York Times, Berlin Review, London Reader. Mount Analogue selected KADDISH for distribution nationwide Inauguration Day. Poetry was chosen for a 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium. Gerry’s a physician who’s built/staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. 

Website: gerardsarnat.com

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