Bad Diet • John McKernan

Is your basic cause
Of joy

Of sunrise
Through cloud

Of blue sky
Without a hint
Of moderation

Uncontrollable snacking
On memory
Soft caresses & music
Binges of heavy sleep
Frosted with starlight


John McKernan – who grew up in Omaha Nebraska – is now a retired comma herder after teaching 41 years at Marshall University. He lives – mostly – in West Virginia where he edits ABZ Press. His most recent book is a selected poems Resurrection of the Dust. He has published poems in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Journal, Antioch Review, Guernica, Field and many other magazines