George Held

George Held, an eleven-time Pushcart nominee, has written or edited 22 poetry books on subjects as varied as war, love, art, and nature in forms such as the haiku, cinquain, triolet, sonnet, villanelle, and sestina. His most recently published poems appear in Blue Unicorn, Better than Starbucks, First Literary Review—East, Neuro Logical (Ireland), and Unlikely Stories.

Getting & spending are lesser evils now
we have pandemic & pandemonium
caused by war and no real peace, even on Bali,
known for pacific waters and gorgeous daughters
in rebellion against the rule of tides,

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you’d lived life beyond most norms 
of social convention, 
meeting the challenge of restrictive forms 
​though hinting at mortal rendition, 

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