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Evelyn Posamentier

 
Evelyn Posamentier's recent books are Poland At The Door, brainiography, and Royal Blue Car. Her poems have appeared in such journals as the Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, the New York Quarterly, Drunken Boat, 3 a.m. Magazine, the Mississippi Review Online,  Parthenon West Review, Free Verse, and the American Poetry Review, among others.  I Am Tony is one of the voiceless homeless and at-risk folk I work with.
 
I AM TONY
 
i died the day a famous person did.
i always made sure that the spot
where i slept in golden gate park
was unnoticeable.  i rolled up
my sleeping bag & concealed it
from joggers.  there is no sign
of me to passersby on a morning
walk.  word got around that i'd
had a heart attack & was taken
to general hospital. someone
in the church where i eat a weekly
warm meal learned from the front
desk clerk in the hospital lobby
that i was never admitted
never discharged, the world
is perplexing.
i once
meditated & studied
martial arts with international
masters.
gentleness & calm
have always been my pillow.

 

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