Christoper J. Jarmick
Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle Area writer and a former Los Angeles TV producer who curates and hosts monthly poetry readings and special events. He has performed his own poetry at numerous venues (mostly on the West Coast) for many years and has given lectures, been part of writer conference panels, and given workshops. Other kind souls have published several things he's written (essays, reviews of poems, interviews, stories, editorials) in local and national magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online. His online film reviews have over 3 million page views.
His short poem "Dear Poem Owner" is now riding two King County Rapid Ride buses and appears (along with his picture) at the bus stop located at 3rd and Bell in downtown Seattle through 2015). The spring edition (2015) of Poetry Quarterly includes his poem "600: A Poem About Baseball." The summer edition (2015) includes his poem "I Hate Peggy Lee." Recently two anthologies have included his poems: "Hummingbird" will be in Poeming Pigeons (from Poetry Box) and "Poem Starter 119" in Randomly Accessed Poetics: Ghost House (Penhead Press). "I Like Dead Poets" will be in Raven Chronicles fall issue, Vol 22.
Read a review of Not Aloud by Thomas Hubbard in Raven Chronicles.
Poem from Not Aloud
I squint my eyes and imagine everything looking like a wet watercolor painting dripping color, de-forming and bending in ways that Dalí himself never tried. I was thinking of making that the title of the poem but that was several minutes ago. I was staring into the ozone lost in a head-on collision of thoughts that vaporized upon focus, and then my cell phone rang. It was John Ashcroft. He wanted me to tell him about the guy sitting at the next table and what kind of Denny’s breakfast special he was ordering. “You might be able to tell he’s a terrorist from what he orders,” he said quickly. I knew better than to argue— Republican logic it’s simply impenetrable. I told Ashcroft he should worry about the guy in the parking lot instead or what the new flavor at Baskin Robbins is this month and hung up. Wait a minute I thought, this isn’t Denny’s.
Cover art by Duane Kirby Jensen