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Issue 12: March 2022
Prose Poem: 97 words
By Peter Jastermsky

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At odds with her native tongue, she switches to a didgeridoo. It’s not easy to dumb down a daikon, but the kumquat keeps trying. We are warned not to cherry pick excessive ephemera, but compliance doesn’t last long. Then we move onto other things, and they move away with us. Our storage container never arrives and now we know desire. A longing for apartment porn and the perfect backsplash. Catching our breath, we rinse our faces in relax and recharge. Quick to click, he suffers from nimble speculation. A chance of bottled beverages turning murderously fizzy.

Peter Jastermsky
Issue 12, March 2022

is an award-winning cherita poet, a Best of the Net and Dwarf Star nominee, and the author of seven books of haiku-based writing. Titles include Steel Cut Moon (Cholla Needles Press, 2019), and three from Yavanika Press: No Velcro Here (2019), The Silence We Came For (2020), and Fingerbone Sky (2021). His short-form writing has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Failed Haiku, Haibun Today, KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, The Aurorean, and The Cherita among others.

In 2017, Peter invented a new haiku-centered linked form called “split sequence.” His recent book, Just Dust and Stone (Velvet Dusk Publishing, May 2021), is a collection of collaborative split sequences co-written with Bryan Rickert. Peter lives with his family in the high desert of southern California, USA.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

“Love Thing”: The Allure of the Split Sequence, craft essay by Peter Jastermsky in Issue 9 of MacQ (August 2021)

 
 
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