1. Pistol-Perfect Paean To Julie Burkhart On Murder’s Tenth Anniversary
She founded Trust Women
after her boss, George Tiller MD
was assassinated in church
for doing abortions in Wichita.
Undeterred by her own risk,
Ms. Burkhart expanded services
to Oklahoma City that had
equally severe TRAP* law hurdles.
Since local physicians were
too scared or couldn’t be licensed,
others (rarely men) got flown
in for short locum tenens stretches.
When women say, “I won’t
give up. This is something we take
seriously – violence won’t
daunt us” -- take them at their word
whereas males -- nothing
against my sex, typically demonstrate
a lot more bluster but less
stick-to-it-ness when life gets tough.
*Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers
2. Stick By Your Guns Proposal: Purchase This Citizen A Bourbon
Say hey howz bout our government treats each and every man
who fancies having a handgun
equal to some random woman
desperate to get abortion pills?
Start with 48-hour waiting periods, parental permission,
doctor’s note documenting
understanding what them he-men
want to do, that mandatory video
explaining effects of violence, an ultrasound wand up the ass
(just because) then close all but
maybe one shop per state, make him
take time off work, travel hundreds
of miles, stay overnight in a strange town, walk through gauntlets
waving bloodcurdling pics of loved
ones shot to death, folks screaming Murderer
begging me not to buy no assault rifle.
Gerard Sarnat won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for a handful of recent Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is widely published in academic-related journals (e.g., University Chicago, Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Pomona, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, Penn, New Mexico, Oklahoma, University of San Francisco) plus national (e.g., Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, MiPOesias, American Journal Of Poetry, Clementine, pamplemousse, Red Wheelbarrow, Deluge, Poetry Quarterly, Tipton Journal, Hypnopomp, Free State Review, Poetry Circle, Poets And War, Wordpeace, Cliterature, Qommunicate, Indolent Books, Snapdragon, Pandemonium Press, Boston Literary Magazine, Montana Mouthful, Arkansas Review, Texas Review, San Antonio Review, Brooklyn Review, pacificREVIEW, San Francisco Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Fiction Southeast and The New York Times) and international publications (e.g., Review Berlin, Voices Israel, Foreign Lit, New Ulster, Transnational, Southbank, Wellington Street Review). He’s authored the collections Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting the Ice King (2016). Gerry is a physician who’s built and staffed clinics for the marginalized as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. Currently he is devoting energy/ resources to deal with global warming. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids plus six grandsons, and is looking forward to future granddaughters. gerardsarnat.com