March 7-13, 2011: John Tustin and Ivan Jenson

 

John Tustin
johnhtustin@yahoo.com

 

Bio (auto)

John Tustin’s poetry is forthcoming in Bryant Literary Review, Chiron Review, Gutter Eloquence, Underground Voices, and others He lives in Flushing, New York with his wife and two perfect children fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry is a link to his poetry online.

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by John Tustin and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


 

Don’t Drink When You Submit

Don’t drink when you submit Too many things to remember Too many things forgotten by the morning
My daughter’s princess stickers are not stamps Editors tend not to accept submissions with tear stains Typing the lyrics to the Rolling Stones song you’re listening to is plagiarism
if they make it into the envelope
(mental note: I did not write Child of the Moon )

The Atlantic does not want limericks Gutter Eloquence does not want a poem about watching poesies grow
And where the hell did I put that poem about submitting when drinking?
It wasn’t ready yet.

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Ivan Jenson
colorism@comcast.net

Bio (auto)

Ivan Jenson has enjoyed unprecedented success publishing his poetry in the US, the UK, Sweden and France and he has received recognition for his bold Pop Art His Absolut Jenson painting was featured in Art News, Art in America, and he has sold several works at Christie’s, New York Ivan Jenson is highly sought after for his popular and dynamic live readings on the stage His poems have appeared in Word Riot,  Camroc Press Review,  Poetry Super Highway, Alternative Reel Poets Corner, Underground voices magazine, Blazevox, and many others Ivan Jenson is also a Contributing Editor for Commonline magazine He now writes novels and poetry in Grand Rapids, Michigan www.ivanjensonartist.com

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by Ivan Jenson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

 

 

First things first

She could count
her lovers on
one hand
multiplied
by the fingers
on her other
and I tried
to do the
math in
that bath
but just
laughed
like Christopher
Columbus
did when
he realized
there ain’t
nuthin
nude
under the sun
except for native
americans

An honest mistake

mirror mirror in the stall
who is this man in
this reverberating room
who just moments ago
excused himself
and left his date
to collect his thoughts
and a
few mints
and why is he
splashing his face
with tap water
and then
pressing
his hands into
prayer position
in the air dryer
while wishing
for this night
to end
with a kiss
and now
the object
of his desire
enters that
sacred
place
and he
realizes
he is in
the ladies room