Wednesday, June 26, 2024

New Book! ECT In Crayon by John Sierpinski

Halfway House
(Angelic Mansion)

The young lady
with the ornery tattoo
brings me bread,
and tells me,

My husband
is in prison.
Then she asks,
I don’t even know

why you’re here?
I look at her serious
toughened face
before I shrug

my shoulders
and say,
Sometimes I
don’t either.

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John Sierpinski is a master storyteller. I think about Goldilocks and the Three Bears when I consider how he uses color and images; landscapes and incidents – not too much or too little, but just right. Just enough. If he’s ever had an impulse to show off his mastery of language (which I seriously doubt), he’s had the sound artistic judgment and humility to restrain it. He intends to connect and to banish loneliness through doing so and succeeds. - Sue Blaustein, 

John Sierpinski is also the author of two previous books of poetry published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library available on Amazon: Sucker Hole (2018), and Vacancy/No Vacancy (2022).

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