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I started submitting my poems for publication this past summer.  I still haven’t heard back from some I sent out in early June.  But I was fortunate to be accepted into The Northville Review -Poetry for Poetry Haters issue.  How could someone hate poetry?  I heard I’d made the cut months ago.  It was just a matter of waiting.  Only 4 poets out of 60 were accepted. That said, I feel honored to be a part of this wonderful publication.  Here is a link to the guest editor’s reasons why she hates poetry, including why she chose the four poems for inclusion that she did.  Cheers.

‘Tis the Season

by Daniel Romo

The stoic man with the fake beard
Like bootleg cotton candy,
Stationed in front of Rite Aid
Swung a mean bell.

So mean I couldn’t tell
He only did it one month a year.

Waiting for my transfer to the 94
On my way to junior college,
I walked up to his red pot,
And dropped in
Thirty-seven cents.

The stoic man with fake beard
Like bootleg cotton candy,
Looked me up and down
And the second person retort
“You cheap mother fucker…”

And I stopped
In Santa.


About Daniel Romo

Author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press, 2019), When Kerosene's Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). I'm partial to prose poems. Alliteration. And fragments.

2 responses »

  1. True… somewhat. Salvation Army Santa on corner at Rite-Aid.

  2. Oh man, true story?? Damn, Salvation Army! (Or whoever it was. That’s what it sounds like.)


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