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“We Have Always…” – Poetry by John J. Trause

Still Life with Skull, Candle, and Book – Paul Cezanne, 1866

“We Have Always…” is John J. Trause‘s mysterious and musical poem from our Summer 2018 isssue.

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NAIL A BOOK ONTO A TREE
Memorize a word or three
Bury coins and golden watches,
Curios and witchy swatches.

Run around the yard and garden
Let your heart and feelings harden
Tidy up the little hollow
By the creek, both deep and shallow.

Put the sugar in the cupboard
Hide the watch behind the floorboard
Entertain the guests at tea
Memorize a word or three.

Store the books and don’t return them
Someday you will have to burn them
Memorize a word or three
Someday you’ll live merrily.

And remember, come September,
To be kind in May, November,
Even when the world’s an ember
And you are its only member.

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photo by Jill Greenberg

JOHN J. TRAUSE, Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of six books of poetry and one of parody, Latter-Day Litany, the latter staged Off Broadway.  His translations, writing, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, and Marymark Press has published his visual poetry and art as broadsides and sheets.  He is a founder of the W.C.W. Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N.J., and the former host/curator of its reading series. For the sake of art Trause hung naked for one whole month in the summer of 2007 on the Art Wall of the Bowery Poetry Club.  He is fond of cunning acrostics and color-coded chiasmus.

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FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #23 In Pictures

A tremendous tidal wave of thank-yous to everyone who helped make last night’s reading such a blast: Leland, Kailey, John, Olivia, and Ariel for performing your flappy lits; Alibi for your scintillating singing and photography; Pacific Standard for the always-gracious hospitality; and all you gorgeous humans who came to join the party.
We hope to see y’all again later this summer…

[photos by Alibi Jones]

Leland Cheuk reads his sharp & satirical tale about “Social Media Selves”

Kailey Tedesco reads some of her ring-themed poems from She Used to Be on a Milk Carton

John J. Trause praises the variety of colors of women’s turtlenecks offered by L.L. Bean
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FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #23

Join us Wednesday night, June 27 from 7-9 PM at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn as we celebrate the flight of our Summer 2018 issue, FLAPPERHOUSE #18, with our 23rd reading!

starring

LELAND CHEUK

ARIEL FRANCISCO

ALIBI JONES

OLIVIA MARDWIG

KAILEY TEDESCO

JOHN J. TRAUSE

Admission is FREE, and you can purchase print copies of FLAPPERHOUSE #18 for the special reading price of $5. Facebook event page here.