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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).

J. R. Solonche

To My Notebook 

I spilled red wine
on you your lap,
and I’m sorry,
but now you know
how I feel
without me having
to spell it out for you
in so many words.

J. R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s.

J.R. Solonche

Van Gogh, Cornfield with Lark

He wanted to be a poet
more than a painter,

so when van Gogh tried
to paint the sound

of the lark as it ascended
into the sky

above the cornfield,
he painted the lark.

J.R. Solonche has been publishing poetry since the early 70s.

J.R. Solonche

How Stately

How stately,
how serene

the geese glide
on the lake,

but this
is because

the swans
are not around.

Prof. Emeritus of English at SUNY Orange, J.R. Solonche has been publishing since the early 70s.

J.R. Solonche

On the Highway

On the highway,
the white

Porsche
blew by me

like the ghost
of a black

Porsche.

Prof. Emeritus of English at SUNY Orange, J.R. Solonche has been publishing since the early 70s.

J. R. Solonche

I Learned How to Write Poetry

I learned how
to write poetry

the day I opened
the rejection

from the editor
of the prestigious

university quarterly
who wrote, “This is BS.”

 

JR Solonche is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), and coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books).