Vasant (Spring) 2020 Poems - Gerard Sarnat


Sunday Confessions of A Serial Franchise Eschatologis

By Gerard Sarnat

“This is going to leave a bad taste in a lot of people's eyes.”
-- anti-bussing Congressperson Louise Day Hicks, 1916- 2003

Like a huge Python, winding round and round me,
when I barely made it back from making mad love
in the Ganges toNew Haven behind the truck stop's
forsaken Orange Julius, a familiar working lady’s
French kisses soothed my nerves while they sutured
my box of goods which turnedout unexpectedly to
be downright friable rather than pliable like the past.


Nothing much happened clickedity - clicky early, so
after consulting the boss’s Ouija board, their union’s
risk management officer advised declining moi’s
business but the women did not, thusly I digress
from that new girl who was a Massachusetts mill
town runawayaddict before we got even friendlier
spooning in a Boston Back Bay Friendly’s Restaurant.


Bottom-line of which is Gownie houses Townie in
liberal-leafy Brookline close to JFK’s birthplace near
J.P. Licks Ice Cream Flavors where our fam rented
her modeste rooms in return for cleaning up + caretaker
services if I’m off doing anthropology “field research”
inParis then eventually also assorted last lick favors
which led to this present particular perplexing situation:


A once regular Our Girl Sunday Mass/ Legal Seafoods
Lunch Package Deal kind of gal became some defrocked
oyster cracker atheist Irish Catholic who despite the wife’s
insistence on totally paying for what used to be a perhaps
unsterilized coat hanger’s denouement, threw discussion of
even vaguely considering the g-d knows possibility of having
an illegal no less mortal sin abortion, right out the window.


Gerard Sarnat won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for a handful of recent Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is widely published in academic-related journals (e.g., University Chicago, Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Pomona, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, University of San Francisco) plus national (e.g., Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, MiPOesias, American Journal Of Poetry, Clementine, pamplemousse, Deluge, Poetry Quarterly, Hypnopomp, Free State Review, Poetry Circle, Poets And War, Wordpeace, Cliterature, Qommunicate, Indolent Books, Pandemonium Press, Boston Literary Magazine, Texas Review, San Antonio Review, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Fiction Southeast and The New York Times) and international publications (e.g., Review Berlin, Voices Israel, Foreign Lit, New Ulster, Southbank). He’s authored the collections Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting the Ice King (2016). Gerry is a physician who’s built and staffed clinics for the marginalized as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO


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