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Atop a Bank Tower by Joseph S. Pete

Joseph S. Pete | July 11th, 2018 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

I stand atop a bank tower,
surveying vast vistas,
ridgelines of strip malls,
copses of office mid-rises,
clusters of single-family homes,
raging rivers of cars.

I stand atop a bank tower
in a rappelling harness,
loaded with slings, carabiners,
loops, coils and lanyards,
ready to make a leap of faith
off the roof’s daunting ledge.

I stand atop a bank tower,
recalling the colleague who bade me
to be careful jumping.
“It’s not jumping,” I quickly corrected,
just the jump it takes to walk horizontally,
backward, away from the glaring sun.

Poet Bio

Joseph S. Pete is an award-winning journalist, an Iraq War veteran, an Indiana University graduate, a book reviewer, a photographer, the editor in chief of the Northwest Indiana Literary Journal and a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio. He is a 2017 Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee who has had a play staged at the Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival, who has showcased his photography at the Oddtropolis Art Show in San Fransisco, who has read his work for the Fictitious series on the iO Theater stage and who was named the poet laureate of Chicago BaconFest, a feat that Geoffrey Chaucer chump never accomplished. His literary or photographic work has appeared or is forthcoming in more than 100 journals, including The Tipton Poetry Journal, Chicago Literati, The Vignette Review, Voicemail Poems, Dogzplot, Proximity Magazine, Stoneboat, The High Window, Synesthesia Literary Journal, Steep Street Journal, Beautiful Losers, New Pop Lit, The Grief Diaries, Gravel, The Offbeat, Oddball Magazine, The Perch Magazine, The First Line, Bull Men’s Fiction, Rising Phoenix Review, Thoughtful Dog, shufPoetry, The Roaring Muse, Prairie Winds, Blue Collar Review, The Rat’s Ass Review, Euphemism, Jenny Magazine, Vending Machine Press and elsewhere. He should have gone to bio writing school to learn how to write a better bio.

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