after the reading,

222

a
reporter
for the student paper

asked me
what career i would take

if
i wasn’t a writer.

i
looked at him

and said:
at this point in my life
i guess porn star is out of the question.

the
poor kid
looked at me.

he
didn’t
know what to say.

neither did i.

Image credit:Drew Hays

Since 1970 John Yamrus has published 25 volumes of poetry, 2 novels and one volume of non-fiction.  He has also had nearly 2,000 poems published in print magazines around the world.  Selections of his poetry have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Swedish, French, Japanese, Italian, Romanian, Albanian, Estonian and Bengali.  His poetry is taught in numerous colleges and universities.  MEMORY LANE, his newest book, is a look back at his childhood in a Pennsylvania coal mining town in the 1950s.

His website is: johnyamrus.com