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Issue 1: January 2020
Prose Poem: 77 words
By Bob Lucky

Dear AI Abby

 

My ego is bigger than me. What can I do?

My soul is slippery. How can I catch it?

My heart is bitter. How can I sweeten it?

My mind is lost. Where can I find it?

Please advise. —DESPERATE IN DENVER

DEAR DESPERATE IN DENVER: Puppies get run over. Fish flop to death on shore. Trees burst into flames like protesting monks. People topple over cliffs like bowling pins. Don’t miss the bus.

Bob Lucky
Issue 1, January 2020

is a regular contributor to haiku and tanka journals in the US, Europe, and Australia, and his work has been widely anthologized. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous international journals, including Flash, Rattle, Modern Haiku, KYSO Flash, SurVision, Haibun Today, and Contemporary Haibun Online (the latter for which he served as content editor from July 2014 thru January 2020).

He is the author most recently of My Thology: Not Always True But Always Truth (Cyberwit, 2019) and the chapbook Conversation Starters in a Language No One Speaks (SurVision Books, 2018), which was a winner of the James Tate Poetry Prize in 2018; and his chapbook of haibun, tanka prose, and prose poems, entitled Ethiopian Time (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), was an honorable mention in the Touchstone Book Awards.

Lucky currently splits his time between Saudi Arabia, where he teaches and plays in a ukulele band, and Portugal, where he is working his way through all the regional cheeses and wines.

 
 
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