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Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry and interviews have appeared in Nimrod, Portland Review, Kestrel, Cream City Review, Poetry Salzburg, Boston Poetry Magazine, Gertrude, The Bacon Review, and many others.  He has published a travel guide, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems. He lives in Marina, California.

 

 


 

 

 

             Interrobang

 

 

Had only the storied shores

of exotic Tasmania

inched a bit closer

the showers that sheeted

downtown Monterey streets

would not have caused

such untimely gloom

among the motley multitude

of sidewalk quilt merchants

who toughed out rugged

April storm strafe

ultimately compelled

to pack up and head home

disappointed after

an unfortunately

profitless afternoon.

 

Now above the gaping

doorway of electrified

Britannia Arms

the wary blue heron

stands guard,

oversees its brood

of gangly offspring.

 

That heron vigilant,

scans the dark sky

mindful of foraging

hawks and eagles

that loiter on high.

 

Bivouac: caw of kamikaze

egret sears the fringes

of a palm that shadows

Turtle Bay Taqueria

at dusk’s genesis.

 

Turtle Bay mightily lit—

kaleidoscopic fluorescent

beer sign colors

prance, convulse,

shimmer, take flight,

launched from ghostly

glucose windows.

 

Proposition: all artists

are pluralist masochists.

 

Hypothesis: nobody you know

enjoys the glee of weightlessness

more than me.

 

Postulate: America strains,

grossly overweight.

 

America petulant

woolly mammoth with which

I daily break camp.

 

 

©2015 Thomas Piekarski

 

 

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'Gypsy': poem by Thomas Piekarski in Boston Poetry Magazine

'So Scared': poem by Thomas Piekarski in Dressing Room Poetry Journal

'Those Boulders!': poem by Thomas Piekarski in the Monterey Poetry Review

 

 

 

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