John FitzGerald









So okay, I shine a rock with light,

and without acknowledging any difference,

eliminate the moon, as mere reflection opposed to source.


Yet waves continue to unfold,

for the light is already in on the secret,

so’s the damned rock,


and I just a question that answers itself,

absorbing energy from the sun, and redirecting.

Whose God is plain and tiny observation anyway?



© John Fitzgerald

From The Mind (Salmon Poetry 2011)





God is so molecular, it tends to get overlooked.

On occasion the mind has been too small to read.

Others it refused to put the time in.


Destinations are what trips are all about –

controlling direction.

Every sperm swimming presupposes a chance to arrive.


From the center, we attribute value,

determined by the energy expended to achieve it,

dependent upon desire for that which energy creates.



© John Fitzgerald

From The Mind (Salmon Poetry 2011)





I stand to represent the presence.

The energy moves from here to there.

We see it in everyday life.


The thing about water and wind is that they’re always trading places.

Energy is motion, a hammer waiting to fall.

Somewhere in there arcs perfection.


The mind so often moves around,

there is no longer any antecedent to the pronoun.

Words tend to categorize themselves, and therefore, so must I.



© John Fitzgerald

From The Mind (Salmon Poetry 2011)











John FitzGerald is a poet, writer, editor, and attorney in Los Angeles. A dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, he graduated from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review. His newest work, The Mind, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011. His fourth collection, Favorite Bedtime Stories, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2014. 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. He has contributed to the anthologies Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it (Salmon Poetry, 2009) and Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry, 2011) as well as to many literary magazines. He has lived in England and Italy and now lives with his wife, poet and actress Hélène Cardona, in Santa Monica, California.


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