If This Is Paradise Why Are We Still Driving

— Brendan Lorber, June 2018

 

 

on the occasion of my seventy-third birthday celebration,

having finally begun to learn some rules of paved roads

 

‘stead of taking usual straightshot hellbent damn 405

freeway from spitfire West L.A. down to pacific

 

Redondo Beach, fam elects to use an iPhone

Waze app to navigate lazy side streets —

 

where wobbly young lowlifes in pajamas

vape nicotine or maybe marijuana —

 

that then meet up with ocean views

as soon as possible which fluid

 

continuity more than makes

up for few extra minutes

 

sort of like coming up

slowly gently coolly

 

when you’re doing

SCUBA diving —

 

oy to thus avoid

The Bends.

 

 

by Gerard Sarnat

Gerard Sarnat won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, has been nominated for Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards, 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, Virginia Commonwealth, 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, Blue Mountain Review,Tishman Review, Suisun Valley Review, Fiction Southeast, Junto, Heartwood, Tiferet, Foliate Oak, Parhelion, Bonsai 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 Review. “Amber of Memory” was the single poem chosen for my 50th college reunion symposium on Bob Dylan. Mount Analogue selected Sarnat’s sequence, KADDISH FOR THE COUNTRY, for pamphlet distribution on Inauguration Day 2017 as part of the Washington DC and nationwide Women’s Marches. For Huffington Post/other reviews, readings, publications, interviews; visit GerardSarnat.com. 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/ four grandkids so far.

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