John FitzGerald



(Ireland – USA)







From Herotoclus, the Uncouth:


“You fucking people come here expecting poetry?”


Note the Ancient Islandic translates more literally:


you children of goats come here expecting poetry?


He was scheduled to read outside the library on the island

the very moment of the famous utterance.


In all fairness Herotoclus was, at the time,

the only one facing the tidal wave.


One can see though how he deserves his moniker



From Favorite Bedtime Stories (Salmon Poetry, 2014), first published in The Warwick Review, Vol. VI, No 2




Fairy Tale



Once, there were four brothers.

One owned all the water.

One owned all the fire,

one owned all the food,

and one owned all the air.

We stuffed these leeches in a hole

and ate and drank and breathed.



From Favorite Bedtime Stories (Salmon Poetry, 2014), first published in The Examiner







The strut says I am, ooh, much more physical than you.

I’ve crouched on a limb and considered giraffe.

You’d better climb.

I’ll be up that tree on your primate ass.


Where I am men hide.

I’ll slap you like the monkey you are.

Paws out, already back, slapped again from the other side.

Two three times ‘til you know you’ve been hit.


I like the instant you cling to the claw before you flop.

You think in that moment you might get away.

I love your hope.

It makes me growl.


I’ll let you get a little in before I pounce.

Oblong, imbalanced. Bet your feet slide out,

smart guy, language-man, who’s serious now?

Brain, meet mister tooth.



From Favorite Bedtime Stories (Salmon Poetry, 2014), first published in World Literature Today











John FitzGerald is a poet, writer, editor and attorney for the disabled in Los Angeles.


A dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, he attended the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review. His most recent book is Favorite Bedtime Stories (Salmon Poetry, 2014). The Mind was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011. His first book, Spring Water, was a Turning Point Books prize selection in 2005. Telling Time by the Shadows was released in April 2008 by Turning Point Books. As yet unpublished works include Primate, a novel and screenplay, and the non-fiction Everything I Know.







He has contributed to the anthologies Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it (Salmon Poetry), Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry), and From the Four-Chambered Heart: In Tribute to Anais Nin (Sybaritic Press) as well as to many journals, notably The Warwick Review, Barnwood Mag, World Literature Today, MadHatters Review, and Lit Bridge.







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