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  November 2016
volume 13 number 2
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  home   (archived)
  featured poets
  Jonathan Beale
  J de Salvo
  Darren C Demaree
  Amelie Frank
  Jerry Garcia
  Terry McCarty
  Akor Emmanuel Oche
  Greg Patrick
  Alison Ross
  Cody Rukasin
  Viola Weinberg
  Kelley White
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Jerry Garcia November 2016



    Jerry Garcia is a poet, photographer and filmmaker from Los Angeles, California who is too old to have been named after The Grateful Dead guitar hero. He has been a producer and editor of television commercials, documentaries and motion picture previews. His poetry has been seen in Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, Chaparral, The Chiron Review, Askew, Palabra, Coiled Serpent Anthology and his chapbook Hitchhiking with the Guilty.



Broom Stick Cowboy

Hey there cowgirl,
wearing your vinyl fringed vest
and red felt hat,
a plastic six-shooter
holstered at your side.

Let me be your
push-broom companion.
I'll wear my straw hat
and Tom Mix bandana
'round my neck.

We could be two sidekick pals
like Gene Autry with Smiley Burnett
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Louie.
One might be stronger.
One might be smarter.
Maybe we'll take a head first dive
into a cold, cold river.

Or better yet, cowgirl,
let me be Roy Rogers
to your Dale Evans
singing into the sunset,
in a crayoned cactus romance.

copyright 2016 Jerry Garcia




Hollow out the trunk
of a redwood tree
and launch upon broken glass,
skimming green-blue waves
and cupping foam
like a header of beer.

Lay back in the roughhewn hull,
enjoying freedom on the sea,
the midday blaze
burns temples and cheeks.

Night arrives, I drift
in this boat I have whittled
from a life of misread instructions.
Lost among whitecaps
with a badly printed map
of unremarkable stars.

copyright 2016 Jerry Garcia