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J. R. Solonche

One Cannot Use

One cannot use
a pen and a pistol
at the same time,
and that is all
I have to say on
the subject of
poetry as therapy.

J. R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early ’70s and is author of six collections of poetry.

J. R. Solonche

Myopia

The window,
a sky composed of a single cloud
somewhere near the sun,

the desk lamp,
a sun diffused through fog
rising over a lake,

the green blotter on the desk,
a lake with rising fog,

my glasses on the desk beside the green blotter,
a bicycle rusting in the undergrowth
beside a lake,

my left hand,
three wild swans rising through
fog rising.

J. R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines since the 70s and is the author of six poetry collections.

J. R. Solonche

Botanical Gardens

If yellow is the color of joy,
then here is joy enough
for a city of the miserable,

and if red is love’s color,
then here is red enough
for all the cups of the loveless.

J. R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines since the 70s and is the author of six poetry collections.

J. R. Solonche

Mistake

It means “an error
caused by a lack of skill,”

which means a life, a whole life,
can be an error caused by a lack of skill.

J. R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines since the 70s and is the author of six poetry collections.

J.R. Solonche

Botanical Garden

If yellow is the color of joy,
and If red is love’s color,

then here is joy enough
for a city of the miserable,

and here is red enough
for all the cups of the loveless.

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

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).