March 19-25, 2012: Christina Matekel and George Johnson

week of March 19-25, 2012

Christina Matekel and George Johnson

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Christina Matekel
cmatekel@gmail.com

Bio (auto)

Christina Matekel is a creative writing student at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, originally from San Francisco. She is married, has one cat and one guinea pig, and is currently on the grad school hunt.

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


Indonesia in January

Trapped between littered roads,
the river whips around curves and bends,
carrying plastic Coke bottles manufactured in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rain parades down in Christmas bulb drops,
wrapping Denpasar in a festive gray.
Trash bag ponchos stand in for umbrellas, and
water-logged dogs lacking tails brush sunblocked legs
as they chase children lacking shoes or parents.
Twelve- year-old girls, baskets of
fruits on their heads, call, “excuse me?
excuse me?” to the empty wind
while their brothers study English and chemistry in a quiet room.
Foreign fruits, rambutans and mangosteens, crack and bleed,
their scents sweet and heavy in January humidity.
Middle-aged couples from Ohio or Wisconsin
tuck passports into name-brand fanny packs
hidden under freshly pressed white tank tops,
away from thieves.
Their palms incubate silver coins with engraved birds
and yellow, pink, and green bills that count for nothing in San Francisco.
Buy all you want.



George Johnson
GPaulus5@aol.com

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Live in Berkeley, Ca. Born and raised in Stockton, San Joaquin Valley. Born in 1947. educated at local schools, graduated from Lincoln High School 1965. BA degree Humanities and Philosophy California State University at Sacramento; MaTh in Theology University of San Francisco. I spent thirty years working for Alameda County, twenty-five of them in the Department of Health Care Services as a Lead Medical Clerk in Medical and Psychiatric Emergency Rooms. Married,wife Eileen, with one grown and errant daughter and have raised a plethora of cats. Been writing poetry since I was eight or nine years old. Influenced by Houseman, Poe, the Imagists, Objectivists and the Beats.

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

Writer’s Block

A Sears Roebuck catalog
butterfly on crystal meth
Just turned sixty-five years old,
smoke too much,
Drink and stare

Age focuses senses
My aged cat, being wiser
Returns to her sleep.

I am Nietzsche’s mad man
Late at night
Poe’s Norse Raven giving the
gift
I say the hell with it and join the cat.