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Beyond Goodyear Blimps (Or Lockdown Café Genesis)



Café chairs empty, solitary bartenders
reflect on days when every body
in the tavern put hands together for
freestyling poets, stand-up comics,
& tone-deaf karaoke singers.

Spring 2020: A broad litany of diverse voices—
electric echoes across the internet—began
to emerge: from moderated facetime venues
to zoom recitations of original verse
windows opened for written expression.

Coast to coast virtual mics provided
Unlimited prompts & fodder for verse
good & bad, images stark & vague,
connotating mild & belligerent attitudes,
playing to a dependable audience at a distance.
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Submitted on March 21, 2021

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Sterling Warner

A Pushcart Prize Nominee, Sterling Warner’s poems and short fiction have appeared in dozens of international literary magazines, journals, and anthologies such as FLATBUSH REVIEW, SCARLET LEAF REVIEW, and STREET LIT: REPRESENTING THE URBAN LANDSCAPE. Additionally, Warner also has written SIX (6) collections of poetry: WITHOUT WHEELS, SHADOWCAT, EDGES, MEMENTO MORI: A CHAPBOOK REDUX, RAGS & FEATHERS and SERPENT'S TOOTH: POEMS (2021). In August of 2020, he published MASQUES: FLASH FICTION & SHORT STORIES. more…

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