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Featured Poet – Jonathan Jones

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Asia Minor

The girl
in the musical looks nothing
like you.

You, but not blonde, dancing maniac
in that space bubble summer.

Heat stitches a sleepless continuum.  
Strange prototype, four accents throw
out shadows; how they’ve swallowed 
fire for centuries.

Such elements take primacy;
paid well in hours
of sleepy dusk.

A plan to walk so far we could
forget that this was morning
nothing more.

There’s no real mystery. Waning 
light and the night a low curve
as the world stretches thin with lonely

expectation.

Only now I want you where you are,
like Asia Minor lost in stars
I cannot read.  

to feel less certain of your source.

Sweat burns
a wasting cavity.


Jonathan Jones teaches writing composition at John Cabot University in Rome. He earned a B.A. in English and American Studies from Keele University, England and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University College. He returned to Keele earning his M.Res in Humanities in 2005. His poems and short stories have been published in the English small press by such magazines as The New Writer, Dreamcatcher, Cordite Poetry Review, The Dr T.J.Eckleburg Review and Iota.