Generations Removed From Shtetls* Etcetera

— after viewing D A Pennebaker’s Kings of Pastry

Otters carry their fare near my cabin’s high grass
To munch lunch then leave nut shells
On end of summer baked brown lawn
Before toddling back down toward that riverbed.

Crusty branches of our American family are foodies.
They have been privileged to live in Paris
Whose heroes are not musty physicians
Or lawyers but rather Meilleurs Ouvriers de France.
So where’s this leave us non-chef fools
Scarfing Taco Bell as machines navigate freeways?

*a small Jewish town or village formerly found in Eastern Europe


Gerard Sarnat, MD won the Poetry in Arts First Place Award/Dorfman Prizes; has been nominated for Pushcarts/Best of Net Awards; authored HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes, 17s, Melting The Ice King (2016).  He’s widely published including recently by academic-related journals Stanford, Oberlin, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Pomona, Brown, Columbia, Sichuan, Canberra, University of Chicago as well as Ulster, Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, American Journal Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, LA Review, San Francisco Magazine, New York Times. Mount Analogue selected KADDISH for distribution nationwide Inauguration Day. Poetry was chosen for a 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium. gerardsarnat.com

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