Gerard Sarnat

Gerard Sarnat established and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised and has taught at Stanford Medical School. His work has been published in many magazines. Sarnat is author of three critically acclaimed collections: Homeless Chronicles: from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), and 17s (2014).  In 2015, he was featured in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poems, LEVELER and tNY. For more information, visit GerardSarnat.com.

 

67% Hopperized Bathos

“…so when we look at the painting…we say it’s a Hopper.
We don’t say it’s a gas station …”
— from Mark Strand’s notebook, found after he died in 2014.

Freshboy eye candy larva, after Latin class in the Harvard Yard, this puerile grub
put out 2/3’s the hard yards required to acquire Life Magazine’s worn mustachioed
thrift-shop-Brooks Brothers-tweed-jacket-torn-leather-elbow-patches + pipe persona.

Self-consciously square, I bathed alone in the shadows of Waldorf Cafeteria
cigar circles whose prodigies fueled my undergraduate doom, Disregard the fools
you come from, kiddo;
that’s what this pale rube from the other side of the Rockies

did while the damaged men’s room mirror futilely attempted to dispense PEZ.
Five decades later, Nordstrom said, Color the hairs left. Whiten dentures. Switch
out glasses for contacts
— which prepared for an inevitably less than gala college reunion.

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