one of the nurses
wanted to
meet
me.

she said she
had all my
books,

which had to be
a lie, but it
was okay,

because she was pretty
and didn’t laugh
when the
doctor

had me take off my shirt,
drop my pants
and cough.

Image credit:Jon Butterworth

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