Zev Shanken is working on a book of poems with Steve Zeitlin that explore the relationship between poems, jokes and folk tales. His poems have appeared in The New Verse News, Brevitas Festivals issues 10 – 20, Brownstone Anthology (2012), Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole, Yes, Poetry, Jewish Currents, The Red Wheelbarrow issues 10, 11, 12 and Pooled Ink. His two full length books Memory Tricks (2016) and If I Try to be Like Him, Who Will be Like me? (2019) are available on Amazon. He is a member of the on-line poetry group, brevitas, and curates a monthly poetry reading, Thursdays are for Poetry, in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Philosophers had become so dense that aphorisms took over
like hungry busboys clearing a banquet.
God is dead; hell is other people; I think therefore…
One busboy copped more leftovers than he could devour,
so he packed them up for his family.