Gerard Sarnat


“If dogs run free, then why not we…”
— Bob Dylan, New Morning, 1970

Sunrise by T.C. Steele

If dogs have fleas, then why not me?

Dying trees, covered in moss networks rather than their usual spring honey bee traffic, cry for help, succumbing not to past wild oak disease we’ve nursed them back from, but rather to human-into-plant-life virginal transmission (her cattails got it too) goddam Coronavirus.


About the writer:
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. Sarnat is widely published in academic-related journals (e.g., Universities of Chicago/ Maine/ San Francisco/Toronto, Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Pomona, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, Penn, Dartmouth, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Baltimore), and others. He has authored the collections Homeless Chronicles: From Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting the Ice King (2016). Sarnat is a physician who’s built and staffed clinics for the marginalized. Currently, he is devoting energy and resources to deal with climate change justice. He is married with three kids plus six grandsons and is looking forward to future granddaughters.

Image: Sunrise by T.C. Steele (1847-1926). Oil on canvas. 18.16 x 28 inches. 1884. Public domain.