Sam Qwynn

There once was a good ol’ boy and townie,
who, though, ambitious, looked like a half-downie,
who back in college wanted to play ball,
but who, in fact, brought water in the fall
to powerful and fleet black running backs
whom he loved so much, he’d have licked their sacks.
So he took to recycling old stale jokes,
to making fun of kooks and right-wing folks,
to dodging drafts with a fake bum right knee,
to trying not to be a bumpkin flea,
(so he wrote to Dick Wilbur, sought more knowledge,
and found work teaching at a Texas college),
to dining with Dana, hunting with gay Timmy,
assessing in his head: what can they gimme?
However, his old body grew irate
and tumours flowered in his failed prostate.
Now it’s a poetry conference he chairs,
attended by old bores and PC squares.

Leo Yankevich’s latest books are The Last Silesian (The Mandrake Press, 2005) Tikkun Olam & Other Poems (Second Expanded Edition), (Counter-Currents Publishing, 2012), Journey Late at Night: Poems & Translations (Counter-Currents Publishing, 2013) & The Hypocrisies of Heaven: Poems New & Old (Counter-Currents Publishing, 2016). His poems have appeared in Amelia, American Jones Building & Maintenance, Artword Quarterly, Beauty for Ashes Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Candelabrum, Cedar Hill Review, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, CounterPunch, Disquieting Muses, Edge City Review, Electric Acorn, Envoi, FutureCycle Poetry, Harpstrings, Iambs & Trochees, Iota, Ironwood, Kimera, Lite: Baltimore's Literary Newspaper, Lucid Rhythms, Mr. Cogito, New Hope International, Nostoc, Parnassus Literary Journal, Pennine Platform, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Poetry Nottingham, Psychopoetica, Raintown Review, Riverrun, Romantics Quarterly, Ship of Fools, Snakeskin, Sonnet Scroll, Staple, Sulphur River Literary Review, Tennessee Quarterly, The Barefoot Muse, The East River Review, The Eclectic Muse, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, The London Magazine, The MacGuffin, The Monongahela Review, The Neovictorian/Cochlea,, The Pennsylvania Review, The Sarmatian Review, The Tennessee Review, Tucumcari Literary Review, Trinacria, Visions International, Weyfarers, Whelks Walk Review, Windsor Review, inter alia. He is editor of The New Formalist. More of his work can be found at Leo