Music Rebuff
by John Zedolik

  1. The folk-singer of local
  2. semi-renown, whose music
  1. I detest
  1. (cloying like store-bought strawberry pie,
  2. filling swimming in cheap corn syrup)
  1. strides up next to me in the movie queue.
  1. I say in silence,
  1. He follows me even without his guitar.
  1. but add
  1. At least I hear no sound except his boots
  2. scuffling on the carpet’s gray-worn tread.
  1. The no-notes are music to my ears.
Packingtown Review – Vol.12, Fall 2019

John Zedolik For thirteen years John taught English and Latin in a private school. Eventually, he wrote a dissertation that focused on the pragmatic comedy of the Canterbury Tales, thereby completing his Ph.D. in English. His iPhone is now his primary poetry notebook, and he hopes his use of technology in regard to this ancient art form continues to be fruitful. He recently published a full-length collection entitled Salient Points and Sharp Angles (CW Books), which is available on Amazon.

  1. Slobodan Tišma
    from The Bernardi Setfiction