The Ramingo’s Porch – A New Poem By John Yamrus

John Yamrus

reluctantly,

he
had to accept

the
fact that

he
was destined

to
become

a
criminal

and
go to jail,

or
grow the fuck up.

there
was no middle ground.

either
way, it was

a
permanent
lack of freedom.


 

Since 1970 John Yamrus has published 25 volumes of poetry, 2 novels and 2 volumes of non-fiction. He has also had more than 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. RMA, his latest book, is a continuation of MEMORY LANE, John’s highly praised look back at his early years, growing up in a Pennsylvania coal mining family in the 1950s. His website is: http://www.johnyamrus.com

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