1.Sometimes You Have To Lie tanka Own worst enemy? I want to say everything —which is the purpose of my myriad of poems — and that’s certainly no lie. 2.Zeal Of Us Converts haiku Fill in blank: Catholics eat guilt for lunch; death, dinner; f__k before breakfast. 3.Like Susan Sontag tanka My onetime good friend’s only interested in folks engaged in projects of deep self-transformation: what does that say about me? 4.Madison Avenue kouta Am I insufferable saying that the more ignorant consumers are, more marketing works? 5.Ivory Tower Plunder haiku — thanks to Davarian Baldwin Stanford, Yale, Harvard became well-endowed hedge funds that conduct classes. 6.Liberation Unmoored kouta —thanks to Susan Taubes She described deflowering and then their divorce as different kinds of rebirth similar to death. 7.Male’s Brass Tacks haiku Chimp phallus has spines chafe vagina, deter her pursuit other mates. 8.Man Thing? kouta Fathers, sons forever butt heads but reconcile sometimes once there are grandkids — or thus one might wish.
Gerard Sarnat won San Francisco Poetry’s 2020 Contest, the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for handfuls of 2021 and previous Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is widely published including in Buddhist Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, Arkansas Review, Hamilton-Stone Review, Northampton Review, New Haven Poetry Institute, Texas Review, Vonnegut Journal, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, Monterey Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Review, and The New York Times as well as by Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Penn, Chicago and Columbia presses. He’s authored the collections Homeless Chronicles (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 justice, and serves on Climate Action Now’s board. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids plus six grandsons, and is looking forward to future granddaughters.