The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents
The Distinguished Writer Series
July 10th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA
Featured Reader: John Milkeret
John Milkereit is from Chicago, but currently he is a rotating equipment engineer working at an engineering contracting firm in Houston, TX. His poems have appeared in various literary journals such as Big River Poetry Review and San Pedro River Review. His chapbooks are Home & Away and Paying Admissions (Pudding House Press, 2010). He is currently enrolled in the third year of a low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA. His new collection of poems, A Rotating Equipment Engineer is Never Finished, was published March 2015 (Ink Brush Press).
Ten Ways of Looking at My Boring Life
They don’t have any water, so he leaves.
My boring life eats a bagful daily.
waffles at Waffle House,” he whines.
My boring life tries to skate with dull blades.
at the Motel 6.
A man and a woman and my boring life sit
in the Motel 6 lobby playing gin rummy.
“I miss General Hospital. What will happen
to Laura and Rick?”
No bathrooms, no picnic tables, no vending machines
with raspberry shortbread cookies. There are definitely
no vending machines.
at my boring life. He starts reading poetry.
shirt without a pocket. Every day in Iowa.
When she saw my boring life on the beach,
she dove into the water.