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Host of San Diego’s Gelato Poetry Series, author of the poetry collection Words of Power Dances of Freedom, and an editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, Jon Wesick has published over three hundred poems in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Pearl, and Slipstream. He has also published nearly a hundred short stories. One was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. One of his poems won the Editor’s Choice Award in the 2016 Spirit First Contest. Another won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists contest. One had a link on the Car Talk website. Jon has a Ph.D. in physics and is a longtime student of Buddhism and the martial arts. Visit Jon on the web here.
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by Jon Wesick and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
As each vacation’s end approaches,
Serendipity! The Portland Corgi Walk
A sunny afternoon on Brussels’ Grand Place
Dublin throws me a going-away party
Feeling like an old Asia hand after five weeks,
Hong Kong, a typhoon buys me an extra day.
Steve Klepetar lives in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where he taught literature and creative writing at Saint Cloud State University. Klepetar’s work has appeared worldwide, in such journals as Boston Literary Magazine, Deep Water, Expound, The Muse: India, Red River Review, Snakeskin, Voices Israel, Ygdrasil, and many others. Several of his poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize (including three in 2015). He has also done several collaborations with composer Richard Lavenda of Rice University in Houston, including a one-act opera, Barricades, for which he wrote the libretto. Klepetar is the author of ten poetry collections and chapbooks, the most recent of which include The Li Bo Poems (Flutter Press, 2016) and Family Reunion (forthcoming from Big Table Publishing). Download his free chapbook "Return of the Bride of Frankenstein" here.
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by Steve Klepetar and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
We had no time to fling ourselves into air,
It was never about the broken
swinging uselessly at my side;
out light above the porch door.
pinging against window glass
down her nest with merciless
that my shadow pooled around
and the bright hole in midnight sky
The Cowgirl Who Freed the Moon
I know a cowgirl who owns a dozen horses