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SHJ Issue 12
Spring 2015

[Two Poems]

by Jeffrey Zable

Idealistic High School Weekend

told my old man to stick it up his ass 
drank a case of beer
popped a couple of hymens 
blackened 14 eyes 
drove my chevy off a cliff
set fire to my homework 
when i finally got in at 4 a.m. 
what a weekend it was!

—Previously published in Kumquat Meringue (early 1990s);
republished here by author’s permission



Dissertation on the Guillotine

If one was sent to the guillotine it meant that one’s brain, 
which controls the body, would no longer be influenced 
by biological needs and reach a higher consciousness  
explored in depth by a contemporary psychologist
named Abraham Maslow, who identified this state 
as Self-Actualization.
If everyone had been guillotined, the world today
would be a more humane and civilized place 
in which to live, but as history bears witness, 
opportunities of this magnitude were reserved 
for the privileged, which leads to the conclusion: 
It’s not what you know...but who!



SHJ Issue 12
Spring 2015

Jeffrey Zable

is a poet, teacher, and conga drummer who plays Afro-Cuban folkloric music for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s published five chapbooks including Zable‚Äôs Fables with an introduction by the late, great Beat poet Harold Norse. His work appears, or is forthcoming, in Coe Review, Kentucky Review, Tule Review, Pound of Flash, Rasputin, Clackamas Literary Review, Indigo Rising, Chaos Poetry Review (featured poet), After the Pause, Snow Monkey, Ishaan Literary Review, Lullwater Review, the 2015 Rhysling Award Anthology, and many others.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury