Human Race

One day you are
going to cough up
a cacophony
of camouflaged
funneled through
the filter of
your native tongue
and this siphoned
fuel to the fire
will fill up the tanks
of a thousand
rumbling motors
parallel parked
in the empty lot
filled with
those driven
to the brink of
diesel despair
but when they
hear your
hallowed honk
they will all
swerve to the curve
because you
had the nerve
to speed in place
like a Buddha mobile
at the Indy 500

Ivan Jenson is a fine artist, novelist and contemporary poet. His artwork was featured in Art in America, Art News, and Interview, and has sold at auction at Christie’s. Ivan was commissioned by Absolut Vodka to make a painting titled Absolut Jenson for the brand’s national ad campaign. His Absolut paintings are in the collection of the Spiritmuseum, the museum of spirits in Stockholm, Sweden. Ivan’s painting of the “Marlboro Man” was collected by the Philip Morris corporation. Ivan was commissioned to paint the final portrait of the late Malcolm Forbes. Ivan has written two novels, Dead Artist and Seeing Soriah, both of which illustrate the creative and often dramatic lives of artists. Ivan’s poetry is widely published (with over 500 poems published in the US, the UK and Europe) in a variety of literary media. A book of Ivan’s poetry was recently published by Hen House Press, titled Media Child and Other Poems, which can be acquired on Amazon. Two new novels by Ivan entitled Marketing Mia and Erotic Rights have been published in hardcover and are available for purchase at bookstores worldwide. His website:

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