Gerard Sarnat / Poetry 4.2 / Fall, 2016




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Don’t Look Back

Suffering since childhood
with PTSSD*, I had a vision
we stood on the roadside.
I flipped cards away
one at a time to strains of
“Subterranean Homesick Blues”
which Dylan strummed
on his banjo-bong,..
Hot-blooded man
Ladies’ man
Hard loving man
Backdoor man
Hot-headed man
Cruel drinking guitar man
Hatchet man
Hit man
Cold-hearted man
Dirty little man
Creepy old man
A body that’d make a dead man rise
Family man
Humble man
God-fearing man
A good man in hard to find
Company man
Faceless man
Broken desperate man
Condemned man…

*Post-Traumatic-Shakespeare-Sonnet Disorder

unnamedGerard Sarnat is the late-career author of four critically-acclaimed collections: HOMELESS   CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016). Work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines, including Gargoyle and Lowestoft Chronicle, and featured in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, LEVELER, tNY, StepAway, Bywords and Floor Plan. For Huffington Post and other reviews, reading dates, publications, interviews and more, visit Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s spent time in jails as a physician and social justice protestor, built and staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO of healthcare organizations and Stanford Medical School professor.


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