Poem by Jake St. John

 

The Distance
           For Joe Gouveia

When you’re born
they turn you loose
into the ring
no experience
just a punchers chance
and a good chin
swinging and jabbing
and always taking
two punches
just to land
one
but it’s a good one
for sure
and if you can stand
the onslaught
sooner or later
that one punch
will be the only punch
you need
to end it

 

Photography © Allison Goldin
Photography © Allison Goldin

 

José Gouveia, poet, radio host, and poetry activist, passed away in May 2014. Saudades, his poetry collection, can be ordered by clicking here.

Jake St. John has been called “a neoBeat adventurer” by poet Tom Weigel. He writes out of New London CT where he serves as editor of Elephant and Flying Fish. His latest chapbook I Talked To The Moon (Wandering Head 2012) is a collection of poems detailing a summer long trip across America by way of back roads and side streets.

Allison Goldin is an artist living in California. Her work is a collection of spontaneous drawings from the imagination. The most common link throughout her art are the semi-recognizable creatures scattered amongst and bringing together the surrounding doodles.

 

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