Gerard Sarnat: Poetry

Gerard Sarnat

1. Neanderthals’ Surreal Serendipitous Organic Chemistry, or,
Munching Tostadas, One Grandson Calls Me Toasted Dada

Cro-Mags’ family molecule takes shape.
My wife, I, all three siblings and their
cave kids now appear to get along
well enough with very similar
elemental forces of atomic
attraction every direction
-- that means at least for
this moment inside time
strengths are extremely
positive plus also equal.

How our carbon DNA
harmony works better
‘n better seems quite
mysterious: every
different reaction
from non-biologs
who’ve married
in gradually is
ok with these
tribal genes.

By the year
2045, folks
whose skin
isn’t white
will make
up what
will be
in US.

2. HAIKU   


Rumbling word salad’s
crudacious chorus gurgles
Greek geeks’ gastric gas.

White College Educated
— thanks to Michael Hofmann’s “Auden”

‘Nother world’s turned collar
become casualized, short-run,
drip-dry, un[im]pressed?

3. Hooray Drug Enforcement Agency National RX Take Back Day

Emma Lazarus’s tired, poor, huddled masses wretched
refuse, homeless, tempest-tossed, have been displaced
by a new colossus of non-Ellis Island generic/ brand names

with over 6,000,000 Americans misusing controlled
substances mainly obtained from family and friends’
kitchen, bedroom or medicine cabinets: since the DEA

began its annual drop-in-the-bucket program 8 years ago,
over 4982 tons of unwanted unused, kick-the-bucket dangerous
refuse have been collected, incinerated then easily replaced

thanks to the ingenuity of Big Pharma, particularly Purdue,
no chicken agribusiness but rather those Sackler Brothers
who continue to bring you Oxycontin plus Just Say No.


4. Ginned Up Nature Via Nurture Fall Prayer

Farm feast or famine,
our pomegranates
and persimmons
that’ve come in
these weeks’re
all we got now
until oranges,
pears, apples,
cherries then
peaches plus
some plums,
few grapes:
perhaps my
Jesus Christ
you alone
do know
how they
will end
end with


5. Light Through Smog*

Too late for the train
newly fueled by
Trump’s corrupt coal

too late for old world
order slogging
end-stage capitalism

too late for our earth
whose ozone nest
we have now fouled

too late, civil libertarian
vows not to dis
can-do authoritarian god?

* No offense to coal country intended!

Gerard Sarnat is a physician who’s built and staffed homeless and prison clinics as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. He won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is published in academic-related journals including University of Chicago, Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Virginia Commonwealth, Arkansas, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, Slippery Rock, Appalachian State, Grinnell, American Jewish University, Sichuan University, University of Edinburgh and University of Canberra. Gerry’s writing has also appeared widely including recently in such U.S. outlets as  Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Gargoyle,  Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, MiPOesias, poetica, American Journal Of Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, Poetry Circle, Every Day Poems, Clementine, Tiferet, Foliate Oak, Failed Haiku, New Verse News, Blue Mountain Review, Danse Macabre, Canary Eco, Fiction Southeast, Military Experience and the Arts, Poets And War, Cliterature,  Qommunicate, Texas Review, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, The Los Angeles Review and The New York Times. Pieces have also been accepted by Chinese, Bangladeshi, Hong Kongese, Singaporian, Canadian, English, Irish, Scotch, Australian, New Zealander, Australasian Writers Association, Zimbabwean, French, German, Indian, Israeli, Romanian, Swedish, Moscovian and Fijian among other international publications. Mount Analogue selected KADDISH FOR THE COUNTRY for pamphlet distribution nationwide on Inauguration Day 2017. Amber Of Memory was chosen for the 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium. He’s also authored the collections Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), and Melting the Ice King (2016). Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids, five grandsons with a sixth on the way and looking forward to future granddaughters.

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