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  November 2019
volume 16 number 2
-table of contents-
  contributing poets
  William Allegrezza
  Alan Britt
  Anna Cates
  Charles Claymore
  Beverly M. Collins
  Timothy Paul Evans
  Mark A Fisher
  Kathie Giorgio
  Terry McCarty
  Christine Murray
  Christopher Neal
  Brian Rihlmann
  John D Robinson
  Walter Ruhlmann
  Howard Sage
  Sanjeev Sethi
  Mark States
  Davide Trame
  Amy Uyematsu
  Patricia Walsh
  Viola Weinberg
  Kirby Wright
  Umar Yogiza Jr
  Jim Young
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Mark States
November 2019



photo by marie c lecrivain

    Mark States has written three poetry collections (Reinvention from Mother's Hen in 1995, Grip of the Past from CC Marimbo Communications in 2000, and Tongue Control from The Laguna Poets Series #215 from The Inevitable Press in 2001).
    Host of Poetry Express in Berkeley (2002-2011), facilitator of the Public Speaking for Poets workshops, Mark has featured at such venues as Da Poetry Lounge (Los Angeles), Essenza Slam (Mesa, AZ), Barnes & Noble-San Diego, and the Oakland Literature Expo 2004 & 2005.
    Mark has appeared in such publications as Oracle, Poetalk, The Plastic Tower, and San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly; and on-line in, Muse Apprentice Guild and The November 3rd Club.



Adrenaline Jockey

“Always pushing, always pulling, always in the races” - The Cars “Misfit Kid” (c)1980

She’s the bouncing ball
jumping from syllable to syllable
she can’t complete a sentence, finish a thought
and you can’t get a word in

By the time you get an hour into a day-long project
she’s changed it
like getting out of a business suit and getting into casual dinner attire,
or like a model who walks off the runway
and is due back on in 5 minutes
in a different outfit.

It’s no small wonder
when a person who races all day doesn’t seem to get anywhere
but here she is
the adrenaline jockey
and we’re the horses –
we know to jump the steeple when the reins yank
on our throats
we know
to speed up when the spur of an ulcer rips into our belly
we know the field
is not a race course with a defined beginning and an end
we are here to run
wherever the adrenaline jockey takes us.

copyright 2019 Mark States