Photography © Jennifer Matthews


Ode to Ginkgo

Flibbertigibbet – was that King Lear
Or that Sound of Music chick or Flying Nun?
I couldn’t keep a wave upon the sand, for
It was Twelfth Night which was the sea story with that guy in a gown,
Mercutio, or Mercury or some transvestite.
I don’t remember, but I kick ass at Trivial Pursuit.

My English prof would glower at me and sneer
If I forgot where the sound and fury had begun –
In Shakespeare or Faulkner’s lore.
And what was the name of that town?
Mississauga? No, that’s a Toronto satellite.
It’s Yoko Ono…No! Yoknapatawpha, plantations of great repute.

I’ve been to Vicksburg, where Grant pushed so near
The Mississippi, where the Grays laid down their guns
On July 4th, not celebrated there again until the Second World War
When Julie Andrews cowered from the Nazis in the Underground
And dreamed of playing Cordelia or Ophelia under bright lights
While an aspiring Austrian teen took the cloistered route.


Jeff Santosuosso is a business consultant and award-winning poet living in Pensacola, FL. His chap book, Body of Water, is available through Clare Songbirds Publishing House. He is Editor-in-Chief of panoplyzine, an online journal of poetry and short prose. Jeff’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Comstock Review, San Pedro River Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, Mojave Desert Review, The Lake (UK), Red Fez, First Literary Review-East, Texas Poetry Calendar, Avocet, and other online and print publications.

Poet/Photographer Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.