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SHJ Issue 15
Fall 2016

If I Were a Real

by Paul Watsky

poet I’d pony up daily un-
distracted by paid gig or 

prose chore I’d double
down and poems 

would sanctify my obsessive
focus on avocation I’d wake

myself early stand till all 
hours at my mental

ironing board flattening
to perfection the drawers of 

my lyrical progeny what 
a poet! and much

thinner because I’d embrace 
austerities of all 

sorts eat healthy run
uphill in cold 

rain a soaked watch
cap badly insulating my 

incredibly macho natural 
baldness against pneu-

monia the whole world would be 
better thanks to my sacrifices 

and oh the poems
I’d write


SHJ Issue 15
Fall 2016

Paul Watsky

lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he earns his living as a Jungian analyst. He is co-translator, with Emiko Miyashita, of Santoka (PIE Books, Tokyo, 2006); and has two collections of his own, Telling The Difference (2010) and Walk-Up Music (2015), both released by Fisher King Press. His work has appeared in such journals as Smartish Pace, Interim, The Carolina Quarterly, and Rattle.

“...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