The First Wave

By Eric Greinke

After the first wave of sorrow,

questions bubbled to a surface

such as what is meant by

high priced gym shoes

manufactured in a third world

country & watered with the tears

of exploited, malnourished children?

What is the real meaning of lipstick?

What does a toupe have in common

with high grade motor oil?




Eric Greinke‘s most recent books are Poets In Review and Zen Duende – Collaborative Poems (with Glenna Luschei).   His collaborative poem, Lone Bones (from Zen Duende, published originally in Forge 9.2), has received a 2017 Pushcart Prize. His work has been published in The Aurorean, California Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Ginyu (Japan), The Green Door (Belgium), The Hurricane Review, The Journal (UK), Main Street Rag, New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Poem, Prosopisia (India), Schuylkill Valley Journal, The South Carolina Review, The University of Tampa Review, and many others.

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