Marvin Gay is Dead. A Poem by John Kaniecki

Honorable discharge
Serial killers some serial rapers
Thanx for the fun sarge
Heroin pulsating
All the while hating
Everything about everything
And survival
Has no rival
Except those who persist
And reenlist
And if I didn’t give a damn
I would not be writing
I would not find it exciting
To lay my treasures at your feet
Delicate and sweet
My dear madam
Take your wars
Cold and hot
All your scores
Never forgot
Write them in a big black book
Bury them in Egypt or Saigon
Then dig em up to take a look
And see what’s going on


My name is John Kaniecki, I have been published by Struggle Magazine, The Blue Collar Review, Burning Books, Jerry Jazz, IWW Newspaper, Protest Poems, Flute, Black Magnolia, Left Curve, She Mom, Whisper, Vox Poetica and others. Though political or moral in nature I write in various forms. My poems have appeared in over fifty outlets.
I have a chapbook of poetry published on Cavalcade of Stars. In addition I have a poetry book entitled ”
Murmurings of a Mad Man just out this September.
I have two stories published one in Struggle Magazine and the other in Cavalcade of Stars. I have a story The Sin of A.D.A.M. published by Witty Bard. I have a book of science fiction stories entitled ” Words of the Future” published by Witty Bard in.
My chapbook “The Second Coming of Victoria” was a quarter finalist in the Mary Ballard chapbook contest in 2014.
The artist I most admire is Woodie Guthrie because he lived what he wrote and what he wrote was wonderful.
I also recently won the Joe Hill Poetry Labor Prize where I read my poem Tea With Joe Hill, in front of a crowd of over six hundred people in Banning Park , Los Angeles .
I currently serve as secretary for Rhyming Poets International and I am a member of the Revolutionary Poet’s Brigade.
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