July 2-8, 2012: Jan Oskar Hansen and Jessica Barksdale

week of July 2-15, 2012

Jan Oskar Hansen and Jessica Barksdale

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Jan Oskar Hansen
oskar.hansen@sapo.pt

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Jan Oskar Hansen is a poet from Benafim, Portugal.

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


Ageing

I saw a picture of him in the newspaper the famous writer
at seventy two, and thought: my god, he looks old; yet I´m
older than him. He was going on about his illnesses like they
should be badges of honour. I look like him, but my mirror
says I look not a day over fifty two which is a blessing.
We are all narcissists at heart and stuck with an image of
ourselves that is untrue, but life cannot rob us of our delusion.
A warning though, do not smile to women who have not got
a wrinkle or two and need to dye their hair.

 



Jessica Barksdale
jbarkinclan@gmail.com

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Jessica Barksdale is the author of twelve traditionally published novels. She is a professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and teaches online writing classes for UCLA Extension. She lives in Oakland with her husband.

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

Regret

The first bite of mean is delightful,
a tentative nibble
of a luscious mushroom,
the kind that grows at the base
of the wrong tree,
something you picked
on a careless day.

Ah, so delicious,
the flavor in your mouth
like butter,
like gravy,
and then you are dead.