Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of chronic pain. Her latest poetry book is Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, December 2018). Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks(Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, New Verse News, November 3 Club, Assaracus and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Oakland, California. Her newest book is just out in December, 2018.
Monday, February 11, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019
2/11/19 Carl Kopman hosted by Jim
He is the publisher of ~ interconnectingcircles.com/ ~
a community based web journal for writers and visual artists.
He is a founding member of The Elk Kelp Choir.
It is not me who can explain this mystery
which bemusedly I deﬂect with charming excuses
explaining away a growing history
of what to some have become my many abuses.
Toothpaste tubes left uncapped,
cookie crumbs on my lap,
messages prematurely erased from an answering machine,
“Someone called, dear, but I can’t remember who”
inbetween increased doses of Ginko Balboa
and a wifely reminder my mind is much slower.
No this cannot be me walking this cast
confusing names ﬁrst and last
having to create detailed lists
of whom I liked and who I kissed
when I was young and twenty-one
and knew the difference between humiliation and fun.
Who could have foretold that this would be me
searching the forgotten for his destiny
forgetting his keys or misplacing his morning cereal
Wiping his mouth on inappropriate material
No this is not me growing so old
becoming a story soon to be told
by those who capture
the generational baton
what cannot move on