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J.R. Solonche

Aesthetics

A poet I know showed me a letter
he got from a reader in which this
reader complained that his poems
weren’t universal enough, and this so
frustrated the reader (who called himself
“a communicant not being communicated
with”) that he wrote the letter to him,
and the poet I know thought about
the reader’s complaint for a long while
(this being the first letter he had ever
gotten from a reader) during which time
he wrote several new poems, and as he
was writing these new poems, he thought
of his communicant who wasn’t being
communicated with, thought of him as his
one and only reader of these new poems,
and when he finally answered the letter
those months later, he wrote only, “Our
atoms spin on moral poles,” and he didn’t sign
it either, but he burned those new poems
he wrote during that time because he said
he couldn’t bear to know that even though
he knew he wrote them, he also knew that
they weren’t his, that he really didn’t write
them at all, but the letter he showed me
from the reader he published as a poem
in a prestigious magazine under his own name.

J.R. Solonche is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (Five Oaks Press), The Black Birch (Kelsay Books), I, Emily Dickinson & Other Found Poems (Deerbrook Editions), and In Short Order (forthcoming from Kelsay Books).

J. R. Solonche

Short Speech for Sisyphus 

See how I torment
my tormentor

by cutting
him out,

and see how I punish
myself by pushing this

stone I cut
up this mountain I built.

J. R. Solonche is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by Five Oaks Press), The Black Birch (Kelsay Books), I Emily Dickinson & Other Found Poems (Deerbrook Editions), and In Short Order (forthcoming from Kelsay Books).

J. R. Solonche

Someday

Someday the last poet in the world
will write the world’s last poem,
and someday the last reader in the world
will read it and say to herself,
“Where is Emily Dickinson when you need her?”

J. R. Solonche is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by Five Oaks Press), and The Black Birch (Kelsay Books).

J. R. Solonche

Local Politics

We’re over
Nebraska,

and the sky
is still blue.

J. R. Solonche is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by Five Oaks Press), and The Black Birch (Kelsay Books).

J. R. Solonche

Wordsworth Redux

Late and soon,
the world is too much
with us on the phone.

J. R. Solonche is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by Five Oaks Press), and The Black Birch (Kelsay Books).

J. R. Solonche

The Insects

The insects
in the trees
are making
the sound
of machinery
mellowed mild
by the sun’s
golden oil.

J. R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s. He is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (Five Oaks Press), The Black Birch (Kelsay Books), and coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books).

J. R. Solonche

To My Eyes

Thanks, Brother Eyes,
if it hadn’t been
for you two guys,
I would have died
face down
in a rice paddy in ‘Nam
in 1965,
and here we are
alive.

J.R. Solonche is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (Five Oaks Press), and The Black Birch (Kelsay Books).

J. R. Solonche

To My Arthritis

I’ll see you in hell, Art,
but in the meantime,
I hope you appreciate
your home away from home.

J.R. Solonche is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (Five Oaks Press), and The Black Birch (Kelsay Books).