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Facing it Together, Series #7961

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Digital imagery
9" x 12"

Jack Bordnick

PHOTOGRAPH OF LOWELL EATING A LOBSTER BIGGER THAN HIS PLATE

John Wojtowicz

At his funeral, the preacher pointed to the photo

to illustrate how an angel looks

arriving at the gates. Cherub face

before the crustacean of heaven.

I wonder almost out loud if lobster crackers

are necessary in the promised land

or if everything is lump. Butter-soaked.

No need to fracture claws

and knuckles, needle meat out

with that tiny fork. The preacher didn’t know

Lowell had a ministroke

on the way to his daughter’s to eat that meal,

that he didn’t tell anyone

until after his after-dinner cigarette.

No more pain

the preacher says

and I’m tempted to ask if he knows

if there are any potholes

on those streets of gold?

Anything to break up the monotony

of everlasting Sunday drive?

There’s something to be said

for the less than divine. Shoveling dense snow,

stripping out of cold clothes

and making love to a warm woman,

potage on the stove.

Any Philadelphia sports fan,

Lowell was a devout one,

knows that a win is often sweeter

after a season of losses.

Hard shells. Briny hands.

Squeezing the succulent flesh out with your teeth.

John “Catfish” Wojtowicz grew up working on his family’s azalea and rhododendron nursery in the backwoods of what Ginsberg dubbed “nowhere Zen New Jersey.” Currently, he works as a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct professor. He has been featured in the Philadelphia-based Moonstone Poetry Series, West Chester-based Livin’ on Luck Series, and Rowan University’s Writer’s Roundtable on 89.7 WGLS-FM. He serves as the Local Lyrics contributor for the Mad Poet Society blog. Recent publications: West Trade Review, Kansas City Voices, Patterson Literary Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and The Poeming Pigeon. Find out more at www.catfishjohnpoetry.com.

Jack Bordnick’s sculptural and photographic imagery is a reflection of his past and present forces and the imagination of his life’s stories. They represent an evolutionary process of these ideas and how all of life’s forces are interconnected, embraced, and expressed through creative art forms.