The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®


Gerard Sarnat

cold turkey diary


     heavy cologne --
dregs of rotgut bottle’s
anonymous flowers
    masks your foul stink
of draining abscesses +
cheap marijuana sweet
    as genius junkie alley
cats’ matching mustard
yellow Nosferatu fangs
    smack in our anti-hero
& heroine’s awful pitiless
sour war versus everything

    during that last fantastic
rush of relief, we vow nada
more before bloody diarrhea
    dumbstruck as a bedpan
lifted from County Hospital
where admitted for fulminant
    (to which I’m now banned),
my GF’s coma is on a ventilator
while I rubberneck the chaplin’s
    something about inner peace
or tube’s duration of existence --
it’s unclear as I aim to boost/ vamp




GERARD SARNAT is the author of four critically-acclaimed collections: HOMELESS  CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016). Work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines, including Gargoyle and Lowestoft Chronicle, and featured in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, LEVELERtNY, StepAway, Bywords and Floor Plan. For Huffington Post and other reviews, reading dates, publications, interviews and more, visit Gerard  Go to Amazon to find Gerry’s books plus Editorial and Customer Reviews. 



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