Gerard Sarnat


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.

Flights. Issue Two, September 2021