March Release! Saltwort, Selected Writings Poetical

Announcing, Scheduled for March, 2017 Release – Saltwort is the title of a collection of selected poetical writings from 1973 thru 2017 by Joe Linker, author of “Penina’s Letters,” “Coconut Oil,” “Scamble and Cramble: Two Hep Cats,” and “The Coming of the Toads.” With a Forward by Salvador Persequi! Still in proof and editing stage,…

Espressos and the Hippopotamuses

From the sidewalk table sipping our espressos, the vinegary smell from the torch smoke crossing from the workers re-tarring the post acute rehab hospital entry awning roof across Belmont, we saw the first hippopotamus drop to her belly, blocking the intersection, car horns jeering futilely, the hippo happily like a humongous semicolon, skin winking wet,…

Sawn Knit

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Still Life

On the table a yellow bowl green apple red pear fuzzy pink    peach blue-green    ba nana All as verbless as the bibelots all in nice rows of yore Nana’s touchless glassed shelf.

Notes on the Art and Style of Whiskey Radish

To my odd ears, usquebaugh, from which whiskey derives, reminds me of the wedding party that year in Berkeley, and he…, and he couldn’t say…, or, he could not pronounce…, but that was nothing to the question of how he got the overstuffed hotel room chair through the bathroom door and up to the toilet,…