The Old Men At A Donut Shop

The old men at a donut shop
Gathered each day to talk
(They loved to love to talk)
Of women, sports, politics and hope;
And when I’d come to get my coffee
I’d listen, carefully, to their dialogue for free
And wondered why they see what they see;
And I thought nothing of these men,
Until, they saw in me, them,
And the place I might eventually choose to end.


Photography © Ira Joel Haber

Photography © Ira Joel Haber


The Believably Weird Poem of Inspiration

Someone asked me:
“Who is your favorite poet?”
Today, at this moment?
Simple: That would be me,
For you have to believe.


Gary Mansfield writes poetry, fiction, and essays from his home in Oceanside, California. His poetry has been published by Poetry Nook, Paradise Review, Leaves-of-Ink, Wilderness House Literary Review, Wild: A Quarterly Journal and Strayligh.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 160 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.