Comma Splices by Jonathan Andersen

by Leslie Anne Mcilroy

My daddy’s a patch holder, he’s rode 31 years with Sons of Silence, he
killed a man, he should of not done it, he loves his girl, that’s me,
they say I got schizophrenia, paranoid explosive disorder,
my brother’s high on everything, I’m so screwed, mister,
I have very poor writing skills, I hope your class can help.

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Jonathan Andersen’s first book of poems, Stomp and Sing was published by Curbstone Press in 2005.  He is also the editor of the anthology Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A., published by Smokestack Books in 2008. His poems have appeared in Blue Collar Review, Café Review, Counterpunch, English Journal, The Progressive, and other periodicals. In addition to readings in the eastern United States, he has been a featured reader in the Ledbury and Southwell Poetry in the United Kingdom, the 49th International Poetry Festival in Belgrade, and Smederevo’s Poetry Autumn in 2014. Andersen worked for 12 years as a high school English and special education teacher and for the past seven as an associate professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Connecticut where he lives with his wife, fellow writer and teacher Denise Abercrombie, and their two sons, Kit and Miles.