Metric Systems circa 1963 

Sarnat-bio-photoGerard Sarnat is the author of four critically acclaimed collections. HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016) are available at select bookstores and on Amazon. In 2015 work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines, including Gargoyle and Lowestoft Chronicle, and featured in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Avocet: A Journal of Nature PoemsLEVELER, NY, StepAway, Bywords and Floor Plan. Gerry has read at universities including Stanford.

A virginal poet at the tender age of sixty-four, Sarnat first wrote about caring for the homeless and happenings in the lands of Abraham and Burning Man from the Judean Desert of his heritage to the Black Rock Desert’s annual pagan arts festival. Gerry has built and staffed clinics for the marginalized and been a CEO of healthcare organizations and a Stanford Medical School professor. Married since 1969, he and his wife have three kids and three grandkids with a fourth on the way.


Metric Systems circa 1963

A secondhand bookstore
near balmy Mount Lebanon
sold English books by the kilogram.

Packed in a blistering bus heading
to Tehran, this young lover devoured
lunch plus a slim volume of Gibran.

It’s my unending contention, if
The Prophet’d cost what thick novels
did, I would’ve never become a poet.

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