was
older than he looked,

was
impressed
by the smell of his own farts,

lied
about everything,

never
held a job for long,

ate
everything,

drank
anything,

and
changed his shorts

no
more
than once a week.

Tony had
3 bad marriages,

4 shack-ups,

and
that one month he
never cared to talk about.

i liked
Tony.

Image credit:David Blackwell

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