The VGP Literate No. 17

Drowning for Love

Voices in my head
cannot stop saying how
she’s clouding their vision.
Makes thinking clearly tough

when everything is shaded
her favorite color, blue.
Stands to reason my subconscious
seeks out a woman most pleased

with paint the color of the sea.
I’ve always been an ocean guy.
Smell of salt, raw power surging
against boundaries drawn by land.

But I always sink in the sand,
never achieving a final, briny push,
doing my best anchor impression.
My body straining against the tide

in attempt to stay grounded. My lungs
yearn to express a final gasp of air,
vocal cords doing their best
to wrangle a gleeful cry.

My mouth forever twisted
in the shape of a smile
that would make others wonder why
I chose to go out that way.

Travis Laurence Naught is an author who lives near Spokane, WA. Two volumes of his confessional poetry, The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012) and Still Journaling (e-book, 2013), and his debut fiction novel, Joyride (Black Rose Writing, 2016), are available where books are sold. Individual stories and poems by Travis have been published widely. Check out for more of his information and original writing!

The VGP Literate No. 16

Million Millennial March

They will flood
the streets
like a tsunami
of determination
and they will confront
the powers that bee-sting
the masses
and they will raise
their hands
and swat the buzz
right out of the
fly on the wall
Big Brother
watching us all
and monitoring
our every
left wing movement
and then this
wet behind the ear
generation will
gather no moss
when they abstain
from throwing the
first stone
as they remember
the power flowers
of the sixties
that baby boomed
and then went bust
on the side of the road
paved with the 70s’
“have a nice day”

Ivan Jenson, a celebrated Pop artist of New York City, moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he experienced success as a published poet and novelist. Ivan has over 600 poems published internationally, online and in print, as well as a book of poems and four novels. Ivan Jenson’s new novel Gypsies of New Rochelle, a comic family saga circa 1980, has been published as a paperback and eBook by Michelkin Publishing. 

The VGP Literate No. 15


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J. H. Johns “grew up and came of age” while living in East Tennessee and Middle Georgia.  Specifically, the two places “responsible” for the writer that he has become are Knoxville, Tennessee and Milledgeville, Georgia.