Foiled Again
— a poem by Ivan Jenson

just pretend to listen
to the sound of
sound advice 
and nod affirmatively
when being scolded
by the scalding 
heat of another person's
hot air
spoken with either 
the ether like pitch
of a helium inhaler
or the kettle drum
thump of a grump
then when they are done
spewing their Linda Blair
pea soup opinion 
excuse yourself 
wash that thought
right out of your hair
and keep on making
the best mistakes
this world 
has ever known

The Poet: 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 RiotZygote in my CoffeeCamroc Press ReviewHaggard and Halo Mad SwirlUnderground Voices MagazineBlazevox, and many other magazines, online and in print. Jenson is also a Contributing Editor for Commonline magazine. Ivan Jenson's debut novel Dead Artist is available as a paperback and on Amazon Kindle and Nook. His new novel, a psychological thriller entitled Seeing Soriah is now available as an eBook or in Paperback on Amazon.

The Artist: Faun Scurlock is a digital artist/photographer born and raised in Vancouver, WA. The constant weather changes of the Pacific Northwest bring her plenty of opportunity to capture landscapes, action shots, and abstract photographs. Faun's been published in multiple journals - The Phoenix and Salmon Creek Journal - and included in a student art show at Clark College..