My Meeting with Vonnegut

By Mike Jurkovic

There’s an extremely Jewish guy

barking parking directions

from the fire tower

Where I’m trying to envision

the land at peace

But can’t ‘cos I’m feelin’ like

I’m either gonna push this guy off

the sixteen-hundred feet

or jump the expanse

and park the car myself.


“You sow a sad intelligence”

Vonnegut said, stepping from the rubble

as only Kurt could: dishevelled, all-knowing,

trying to bum an unfiletered

from a crowd of gerrymandered breeders

and the children they break.


“Here we are, trapped in the amber

of the moment” he said calmly,

pulling up his collar

against the mountain wind.



Second chapbook, Eve’s Venom (PTP) 2014. Purgatory Road (Pudding House Press, 2010). Poems and music criticism have appeared/are forthcoming in over 400 national & international literary magazines. Anthologies: WaterWrites & Riverine (Codhill Press, 2009, 2007); Will Work For Peace (Zeropanik, 1999). Co-director, Calling All Poets in Beacon, NY. Producer of CAPSCAST, recordings from the CAPS, on Itunes and CD reviews appear in Elmore Magazine, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange & the Van Wyck Gazzette.

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