John Lars Zwerenz 1970 (New York)


The window box looks down below
To the avenue where young ladies pass
On concrete lanes, next to patches of grass,
In the gilded gold of the summer’s glow.

The apple cart, upon the street dips,
Topples over, and a crimson scent
Of fresh, ripe fruit, so redolent,

Makes the young ladies pucker their lips.

The shopkeepers, the salesmen and the cops
Pretend not to notice when a neckline drops,
Nor to admire the softness of a lady’s arms-
Just as women fake indifference each day
To the sight of muscular charms-
That masculine display.

For the female eye is always hungrier

Than any manly or bestial gaze;
With insatiable lust, they make sure to appear
To ascribe to proper ways
(While they secretly leer
At the menfolk all the nights and days.)

One blond coquette
With her parasol
Looks like a doll
In the luncheonette,
Smiling at a princely squire
Who as a gentlemen
Must return the grin,
Whole, entire.

John Lars Zwerenz

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Female lust and male chivalry; Lyric Verse

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Written on September 04, 2015

Submitted by angelabradford2 on October 04, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 913
Words 168
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 1, 4, 3, 1, 6, 1, 5, 8, 1

John Lars Zwerenz

About John Lars Zwerenz John L. Zwerenz is an American journalist, essayist, novelist and poet. (1) Zwerenz was born in 1970 in New York City to a wealthy family. His father and mother both descended from multiple generations of Anglo Saxon Americans. Zwerenz' father became actively involved in local and state conservative politics, and contributed both time and money to further the power of several right wing elected officials. Zwerenz' poetry first appeared in many literary publications during the late 1980's and early '90s. Hundreds of poems written during this time were composed by Zwerenz as an undergraduate student at New York City's Queens College from which he graduated with honors in 1992. (2) After a failed attempt to earn a living in conservative employment, Zwerenz began an extensive period of travel, writing what would eventually make up the bulk of his later published works in such places as London and Paris. In 2014, Zwerenz was hired by Emage Magazine International, a widely published in print arts publication as the magazine's poetry writer which resulted in the wide exposure of Zwerenz' vanity published poetry books leading to a series of contracts with traditional publishing firms, both in the United Kingdom and in the States. His subsequent published poetic volumes were highly successful and his earlier works rose dramatically in price. (3) Zwerenz' productive and inspiring career was brought together in a single anthology, spanning eleven volumes. Published by Green Frog Publishing in February of 2020, The Complete Anthology encapsulated Zwerenz' entire published poetic catalog. Often examining the pain that comes with romantic love, many of the poems in this collection were built around the theme of that sensation. From Visionary Wanderings to Mystic Wines, each volume offers its own unique approaches to the craft. The prolific output of the author in this tome reflects a sharp mind, educated in and inspired by the poetic greats, as well as an identified and honed passion for the craft. The main elements of Zwerenz' verse are romantic and impressionistic in nature. Zwerenz’s structure and meter are provided with a natural feel that many poets fail to capture. (4) (5) (6) One example of Zwerenz' poetry is printed below, taken from his "The Grave and other Poems": The Grave In the clouded, dusky afternoon As you hear the clang of a swaying bell The rising ring of its dreadful knell Ascends to the dreary, lifeless moon. As cryptic winds through dead boughs pass Below one tombstone's familiar name Another soul the demons claim Beneath grim reeds and yellow grass. And when dawn arrives with miasmic dew Upon the wanton meadow and its horrid grave A being there moans, too late to save - None other than the likes of you! John Lars Zwerenz © 2020 The Grave and other Poems JFBradley (talk) 16:53, 3 January 2021 (UTC) ~~~James Francis Bradley References Sources: 1:[1] 2: [2] 3:[3] 4:[4] 5:[5] 6:[6] Photo of American Poet of John Lars Zwerenz.jpg Notes This article "John L Zwerenz" is from Wikipedia. The list of its authors can be seen in its historical and/or the page Edithistory:John L Zwerenz. Articles copied from Draft Namespace on Wikipedia could be seen on the Draft Namespace of Wikipedia and not main one. https://www.amazon.com/John-Lars-Zwerenz/e/B007RHXDLM%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share https://m.alibris.com/search/books/author/John-Lars-Zwerenz# https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-lars-zwerenz-96a38554 https://www.theusreview.com/reviews/John-Lars-Zwerenz-The-Complete-Anthology-by-John-Lars-Zwerenz.html#.X_HlQbdOnqs https://www.pinterest.com/stewardcynthia/?invite_code=aef4eb0833c848b5a504b51110000bd1&sender=716705865608235071 https://www.google.com/search?q=John+Lars+Zwerenz&oq=John+Lars+Zwerenz&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60l2.4180j0j7&client=ms-android-tmus-us-revc&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8 You are outside the CCPA jurisdiction. Share  more…

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