Monday, December 05, 2011

New Poetry by Ivan Jenson

Sweeping generalities
(under the table)

Just because
is falling together
doesn’t mean
it isn’t falling
and just because
is coming together
doesn't mean
it can’t come apart
so I am going
to go through with
my obligatory
with white trash
and allow myself
to be midwifed
into mid-life
and then
I will party
crash the pearly
with my
VIP pass
which I stole
from Paul
to give to

- Ivan Jenson 2011


The small chill
that runs up one’s back
and blows through
the stark naked branches
of these trees in the boroughs
where the bread winner lives
and the toaster burns
the bread
his wife planned to
sweeten with jelly
as the kids rush
to the bus like
a school of little
kisses and under
their winter caps
a list of secret wishes
to grow up and out
of the house with
the broken dishes
and those angry exchanges
about Daddy
and the pretty sitter
or mom’s lost dream
of being an archaeologist
where she might have
uncovered the happiness
she has lost
like an Aztec treasure

- Ivan Jenson 2011

Ivan Jenson’s Absolut Jenson painting was featured in Art News, Art in America, and Interview magazine. His art has sold at Christie’s, New York. His poems have appeared in Word Riot, Zygote in my Coffee, Camroc Press Review, Haggard and Halo, Poetry Super Highway, Mad Swirl, Alternative Reel Poets Corner, Underground Voices Magazine, Blazevox, and many other magazines, online and in print. Dead Artist, a novel by Ivan Jenson is available at in paperback and as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and on Google's eBookStore.

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