The Spring 2011 issue of Do Not Look at the Sun is now available. This issue includes my poem "Thoughts While Viewing Van Gogh's 'Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer'."
Issue #5 is titled "Post Cards from Paris." From the website: "Every poem/ fragment/ photo/ painting that was selected for this issue was made into a postcard. It was then copied, printed and posted to people and places around the world. Some addresses were taken from mail-art mailing lists, others from postcard projects such as postcrossing (www.postcrossing.com), some were sent to subscribers of DNLATS, others to those suggested by the contributors themselves. They were also hand delivered to hundreds of random mailboxes throughout Paris and London."
The idea of printing poems on postcards and mailing them to random locations around the world was really appealing to me. I mean, if you can't make money off poetry, you should at least have fun. Check out the issue, purchase a copy, and keep innovative journals like this in business.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Here is where the sons and grandsons
spend their days in warehouses
driving forklifts in and out of trailers
for barely a living wage,
or spend their days behind iron bars
and the razor wire fences
of the penitentiary
Here is where the prostitutes
work the lot from truck to truck,
where drivers find a home-cooked meal
This is Jessup, where we find
the city’s rhythms in modern form;
the city’s dirt, sights, and smells,
banished from the old harbor
now washed clean and sanitized,
a playground for suburbanites