Metaphors! Get Your Fresh Metaphors!


Tree-ripened similes

fragrant images sweet and juicy


No canned plots

frozen characters, freeze-dried clichés,

or mealy dialogue

picked green, stored in warehouses,

and ripened by ethylene gas


Just crisp, tart narrative

told in lusty language

hand-picked on misty Chinese mountains

and delivered to you

in the first flush of inspiration


Host of the Gelato Poetry Series, instigator of the San Diego Poetry Un-Slam, and an editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, Jon Wesick has published nearly three hundred poems in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Pearl, and Slipstream. He has also published over seventy short stories. Jon has a Ph.D. in physics and is a longtime student of Buddhism and the martial arts. One of his poems won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists contest.