April 12-18, 2021: Poetry from Mike Jurkovic and Susan Taylor

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Mike Jurkovic

Mike Jurkovic is a 2016 Pushcart nominee whose poetry and musical criticism have appeared in over 500 magazines and periodicals worldwide with little reportable income. Full lengths include: AmericanMental, (Luchador Press 2020) Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018). He is the president of Calling All Poets in New Paltz, NY. Mike’s reviews appear online at All About Jazz and Lightwood. He was the Tuesday night host of Jazz Sanctuary, WOOC 105.3 FM, Troy, NY. He loves Emily most of all. Visit Mike on the web at www.mikejurkovic.com and www.callingallpoets.net

The following work is Copyright © 2021, and owned by Mike Jurkovic and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Old Man Maneri’s Typing Class

Now do exactly
as I say and
follow me
on this one

When I say
Old Man Maneri’s Typing Class
repeat after me
and don’t stop

y’know, I learned about rhythm
in Old Man Maneri’s Typing Class.
They’re only after your money!
he’d snout. Now’s the time
for acceptance! Now is the time
for all good men
to come to the aid of their country
Is etched in my head
from Old Man Maneri’s Typing Class.

His mole-like demeanor
I’ll never forget.
Lint is your legacy!
the Ratman would say
and click clack
went the clock.
Again.

A sneaky boozer
w/a sterling flask
in the upper
right hand drawer.

I can still see him
in his midway corner:
Eyes on lookout.
Shirt askew.

Serve the sieged cold soup!
he’d holler and
click clack
went the clock
again.


Not much of man
in the mid-afternoon
but stoic.
Rhythm is
a profound thing
he’d bark,
setting you up for life.

Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor is a private English tutor and freelance writer in San Diego, California. She has written a children’s book and has been published in the 2019-2020 San Diego Poetry Annual. She loves to walk with her dog and husband, do yoga, read, and socialize. She is the mom of two adult children and grandma to 4 kids who live on a farm in Kansas.

The following work is Copyright © 2021, and owned by Susan Taylor and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

The Electric Picnic

Ramon invited me to the electric picnic
LED fried chicken and 60-watt potato salad
The lemonade was highly charged
And the ants set off sparks as they inched across the picnic table.
Ramon invited mariachi singers,
Their trumpets shocking the sleeping crows,
And all the dogs hung out by the barbeques.
Ramon invited his cousin, Chuey,
A righteous Latino hipster
All skinny jeans and Buddy Holly glasses.
WE danced to the music and drank beer,
Played chase with the kids,
And took a nap under the trees.
What a lovely lazy afternoon
Until the lights went out
On the Electric Picnic.