by Ivan Jenson


Everyone knows

life is so much

better with a fedora hat

and people like

people who pick up

the check for cheesecake

and coffee

so enter a room

with an ear-to-ear grin

of a 1930s film star

and leave

with one to three

new phone numbers

and don’t

wait too long to

call and invite

someone new



in the feel

of your leopard print


you Mod devil




Ivan Jenson’s Absolut Jenson painting was featured in Art News, Art in America, and Interview magazine. His art has sold at Christie’s, New York. His poems have appeared in Word Riot, Zygote in my Coffee, Camroc Press Review, Haggard and Halo, Poetry Super Highway, Mad Swirl, Alternative Reel Poets Corner, Underground Voices Magazine, Blazevox, and many other magazines, online and in print. Ivan Jenson’s novel Dead Artist has been published as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.


This poem originally appeared in issue 2.