The Many Faces of Poetry: More Poetry From 21 Jumping Off StreetPosted: October 22, 2021
There is a flea that alights on me;
former citizen of dog land
it got lost and is attracted
to my hairy arms.
My first instinct is to crush it
but some fleas are crush resistant and
it is futile to try, so just brush
don’t crush and allow the flea
its tiny attempt at life. I’m indifferent to some
unless they irritate or distract
and that is the flea
whose brotherhood is apparently immortal.
The host, too, is immortal, so
there is no way to be rid
“We haven’t earned the right to forget”. Guy Le Cuerrec – photographer
IF you think the gate is in front of you
look to the side.
If you think the gate is behind you
If you think a window is closed
in your room, it may be open but
hidden inside the closet.
If you think there is a closet
there is a closet.
Arthur Rosch is a novelist, musician, photographer and poet. His works are funny, memorable and often compelling. One reviewer said “He’s wicked and feisty, but when he gets you by the guts, he never lets go.” Listeners to his music have compared him to Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Randy Newman or Mose Allison. These comparisons are flattering but deceptive. Rosch is a stylist, a complete original. His material ranges from sly wit to gripping political commentary.
Arthur was born in the heart of Illinois and grew up in the western suburbs of St. Louis. In his teens he discovered his creative potential while hoping to please a girl. Though she left the scene, Arthur’s creativity stayed behind. In his early twenties he moved to San Francisco and took part in the thriving arts scene. His first literary sale was to Playboy Magazine. The piece went on to receive Playboy’s “Best Story of the Year” award. Arthur also has writing credits in Exquisite Corpse, Shutterbug, eDigital, and Cat Fancy Magazine. He has written five novels, a memoir and a large collection of poetry. His autobiographical novel, Confessions Of An Honest Man won the Honorable Mention award from Writer’s Digest in 2016.
More of his work can be found at www.artrosch.com
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