Straight and Narrow
by J. Patrick Lewis
The World Has Ever Known
From Maxim Gorky’s Log
as bees, three bustled gentlewomen afloat in their finery,
Pavlovitch, what do you think? How will the war end?"
yes ... certainly! But who will win? The Greeks or the Turks?"
who are the better fed and the better educated."
Lives of the Explorers
Balboa but Balboa's dog Leoncico
Cabot promised to give away
walked with a limp.
de Leon drank the sparkling
What Do You Mean My Poetry is Jejune?
me explain: Your poems are better
poems are as cerebrally jejune
Arm Wrestling with Wittgenstein
elbows rested on his TRACTATUS,
J. Patrick Lewis’s poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, New England Review, New Letters, Southern Humanities Review, new renaissance, Kansas Quarterly, Fine Madness, Light Quarterly, and many other literary journals and small magazines. He has published 68 children’s poetry and picture books to date with Knopf, Creative Editions, Atheneum, Dial, Harcourt, Little, Brown, National Geographic, Sleeping Bear Press, Chronicle Books, Scholastic, Candlewick, and others. His first book of adult poems—Gulls Hold Up the Sky—is forthcoming from Laughing Fire Press. Lewis holds a Ph.D. in Economics from The Ohio State University. He taught for thirty years at the college level before becoming a full-time writer.