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James Croal Jackson

Carl Reiner Photoshoot

Boys Shaving by Mick Ó Seasnáin

After we leave Carl’s mansion, the photographer
& I, cramped in my Ford, talk how it must be
to live near a hundred. How young & free–
we zigzag curves of Laurel Canyon
at lightning-speed, a black Lexus tailing
us without headlights, windshield wipers
screeching in rare L.A. rain.


About the writer:
James Croal Jackson is a Filipino-American poet who works in film production. He has two chapbooks (Our Past Leaves, Kelsay Books, 2021 and The Frayed Edge of Memory, Writing Knights, 2017) with one forthcoming: Count Seeds With Me (Ethel, 2022). He edits The Mantle Poetry from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Image: Boys Shaving by Mick Ó Seasnáin. Fine art photograph. No technical information specified. 2020. By permission. Mick Ó Seasnáin has continually attempted to farm his quarter acre lot in the small town of Wooster, Ohio, while catering to the diverse and often unanticipated needs of his students and his three rowdy children. His wife tolerates his creative habits and occasionally enables his binges of writing and photography.

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