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  November 2016
volume 13 number 2
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  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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Terry McCarty November 2016



    Terry McCarty has been involved with Southern California poetry as poet and occasional host since 1998. He has featured at several past and present venues in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Las Vegas NV. Terry has also appeared in Lynda and Lisa LaRose??s The Poetry Spiral at Luna Sol Café (Los Angeles), Roni Walter??s Bakstreet Cometri at the Comedy Store (West Hollywood) and the July 2012 Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts reading at The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles).
    Terry McCarty's poems can be found in these anthologies: Beyond the Valley of the Contemporary Poets (VCP Press 2001 edition) So Luminous the Wildflowers (Tebot Bach), The Long Way Home: The Best of the Little Red Book Series 1998-2008 (Lummox Press), and Lummox 2 (Lummox Press). Other books include I Saw it on Tv (Lummox Press), 20 Greatest Hits: Poems 1997-2004 (Publish Green), Imperfectionist (Meridien PressWorks), Hollywood Poetry: 2001-2013 (Xlibris), and Wichita Falls: 10TH Anniversary Edtiion (Publish Green).



Ode to the Sylmar Bear

at least two local TV news crews
harsh light of LAPD helicopter
fish and game employees on the ground
a tree comes into view
easy to climb
but no branches
and not enough room to sit
on top of the dozen or so palm fronds

so it's time to reverse course
find a front yard to be cornered in
and prepare for the sting of the darts
plus premature hibernation
before waking in familiar surroundings
glad to be free
from those who couldn't relate

copyright 2016 Terry McCarty




sitting at sixth grade desk
but shoulders and back
at too low an angle
so the homeroom teacher
came up to me
and fiercely expelled
the physical demons
she thought I possessed
punctuating this with shouts
about my bad bad behavior
as other students looked
and did nothing
for fear of teacher
striding to the closet
and pulling big wooden paddle
off its hook

this was recorded for posterity
by nondigitized memory
and may never be erased

copyright 2016 Terry McCarty