Poem by Ricky Garni

 

A Faraway Island

Since for my third movie I was cast as “A hulking figure that appears in the background” I
decided to go on a diet. I had heard about a good diet from a friend and I decided to modify it
slightly to coconut (for fiber and sweetness) and water (for the feeling of being somewhere else,
like a faraway island.) The diet worked well, and by the fourth movie, I was cast as “A
nondescript person that appears in the background.” This wasn’t perfect, but it was much better.
For my fifth movie I hope to be cast as the background, behind a beautiful collection of palm
trees that sway in the breeze, with shadows.

 

Ricky Garni grew up in Miami and Maine. He works as a graphic designer by day and writes music by night. His latest book, Wowed by Lard, was released in the Spring of 2018.

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.

 

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