November 12-18, 2012: Thomas Piekarski and Allen Qing Yuan

Thomas Piekarski and Allen Qing Yuan


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Thomas Piekarski
tbaker16@yahoo.com

Bio (auto)

Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His theater and restaurant reviews have been published in various newspapers, with poetry and interviews appearing in numerous national journals, among them Portland Review, Kestrel, Cream City Review, Nimrod, New Plains Review, Poetry Quarterly, and Clockhouse Review. He has published a travel guide, Best Choices In Northern California (Gable &Gray), and Time Lines (Nimbus Press), a book of poems. He works as a fine art salesman in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California.

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Thomas Piekarski and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

The Lady Who Waded

The lady who waded in Pacific surf
with only her panties on later lay
in the sand, constructing dream castles.

Spring had come early, but now
it was June, and the century mark
about to strike the Central Valley.

She’d ridden a white elephant through
virgin snow in a severe blizzard
in the middle of winter. She’d watched

Zeus snoozing as his minions oversaw
the building of pyramids predating
Giza’s. A circus coming to town,

she pretended that the sharks
who’d eluded fishermen’s nets
never got old nor wet.

And when Amen came around
she’d flaunt her delicious nipples
that turned to spears in his face.


Allen Qing Yuan
yuans@shaw.ca

Bio (auto)

Allen Qing Yuan, born in Canada and aged 17, currently attends high school in Vancouver and has had poems published or forthcoming in more than 40 literary journals across 12 countries, which include Cannon’s Mouth, Cirque, Cordite Poetry Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Literary Review of Canada, MOBIUS, Ottawa Arts Review, Paris/Atlantic, PoetsWest, Taj Mahal Review and Toronto Quarterly.

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Allen Qing Yuan and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Komodo Monitor

Staring menacingly at all observers
You being the greatest observer of all

Claws scraping the loose earth
Scaly tail weaving through the sky

Rocky exterior grinding rock
Squinty eyes seeing all

And you wonder
What more is beyond this glass?