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  November 2018
volume 15 number 1
-table of contents-
  contributing poets
  Gary Beck
  Stefanie Bennett
  Jack G. Bowman
  Jeffrey Bryant
  Beverly M. Collins
  Dalia Elmanzalawy
  John Grey
  Grant Guy
  David Herrle
  Colin James
  Ron Lucas
  Peter Magliocco
  Nate Maxon
  Stephen Mead
  Rajnish Mishra
  Diana Rosen
  Jeanne Marie Spicuzza
  Mark States
  Kallista A Thompson
  David Thornbrugh
  Alyssa Trivett
  Lynn White
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John Grey
November 2018



art by the feral artist

    John Grey is an Australian poet, and US resident, and has had work published in the Tau, Studio One and Columbia Review, with work upcoming in Naugatuck River Review, Examined Life Journal, and Midwest Quarterly.



The Inimitable Self

Moment by moment
day by day.
I make a case for my own importance.
Even at my most generous,
I take pride that it begins with me.

If there's such a thing as selflessness
then surely it's the pebble I just kicked
along the sidewalk.
I can't cotton to the idea
that I'm not original and irreplaceable.

I watch ESPN classic
and Willie Mays for the millionth time
reaches out with gloved hand
and makes that miracle catch.
Nobody else does.

I've just done reading Fitzgerald.
Without doubt, that prose
was absolutely his.
And Beethoven's fifth symphony.
God's music, except Beethoven composed it.

Okay so giants are giants.
No one's doubting Cervantes or Da Vinci.

But what of the pug's sad flat face.
Or the bearberry's pink embrace of morning.
Or the old man seeking shelter from the rain.
Or the young woman
staring out a bus window.
And how about the fact that I shaved this morning
and I combed my hair.
Excellent. Unique.

Whatever I do,
I take a stand for myself.
And I do it in the company
of everything else that's taking a stand.

Someone says, "I'll meet you hallway."
But we all know there's no such place.

copyright 2018 John Grey