March 31–April 6, 2008: J.R. Solonche and Pat Ryan

week of March 31-April 6, 2008

J.R Solonche and Pat Ryan

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J.R Solonche
jsolo@frontiernet.net

Bio (auto)

Coauthor (with wife Joan I Siegel) of PEACH GIRL: POEMS FOR A CHINESE DAUGHTER (Grayson Books) Poems in numerous magazines, journals, anthologies Teaches at Orange County Community College, Middletown, New York.

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by J.R Solonche and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Art

John Coltrane would practice
so many hours
every day,

the reeds of his saxophone
would become red
with blood.


Bad Fortune
(a found poem)

Donald Lau
spent a decade
writing fortunes

for the biggest
Chinese fortune
cookie maker

until he suffered
from writer’s block
and had to retire.


English

What can you say about
a language that allows

a blues singer to sing:
I’ve been beaten down

for so long, Lawd, Lawd,
I feel all beaten up ?


Maine

Driving the Maine
Turnpike,

smelling the pine trees
on the left side

weeping for those
on the right,

smelling the pine
trees on the right

side weeping
for those on the left.

Pat Ryan
ryans.family@ntlworld.com

Bio (auto)

Pat Ryan (aged 40) is from Tipperary, Ireland, but now lives in Nuneaton, UK, where he is married with two children

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by Pat Ryan and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Dreamtime

Dreamtime, in a long-ago place,
Lifetimes of summer
And faces I no longer know,
When I was Columbus,
My Atlantic the new-ploughed field,
Or climbing to the summit
By Malley’s bounds,
To plant my swishing-stick
And lay claim to all I surveyed,
Then sit and look,
Just me and the sky.