Jon Wesick

Is Jimmy Jazz related
to Iggy Pop?

Both have musical surnames
so they must at least be cousins.
Maybe they could play in a band,
Jimmy in pajamas
machine gunning verse into the mic
while Iggy, still shirtless at 70,
dives off the stage.

Distant relatives could fill out the lineup.
The Blues Brothers aren’t real
but actor David Soul could sing backup.
I’d put Chris Rock on Stratocaster
and Christoph Waltz on something classical,
maybe violin. My old colleague Vic Viola
could round out the strings.

Alicia Keys would be perfect on piano
and if County Supervisor Bill Horn
played trumpet, he might loosen up a bit.

Percussion remains a problem.
Although Günter Grass wrote The Tin Drum,
that would be too much of a stretch.
I guess we’ll have to snare
two guys named Tom.

Jon Wesick hosts Southern California’s best ice cream parlor poetry reading and is a regional editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual. He’s published hundreds of poems and stories in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Metal Scratches, Pearl, Slipstream, Space and Time, Tales of the Talisman, and Zahir. The editors of Knot Magazine nominated his story “The Visitor” for a Pushcart Prize. His poem “Meditation Instruction” won the Editor’s Choice Award in the 2016 Spirit First Contest. Another poem, “Bread and Circuses,” won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists Contest. Jon is the author of the poetry collection Words of Power, Dances of Freedom as well as several novels.

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