All posts by Jonathan Greenhause

About Jonathan Greenhause

I have a poetry chapbook that came out from Encircle Publications in September 2017: It's called "Secret Traits of Everyday Things". It's very good. And I have a poetry chapbook from 2011 called "Sebastian's Relativity". It's from Anobium Press, but it's been sold-out since 2011. Yes: It was so good it immediately sold out. I sh!t you not. Though obviously I make a ton of money from poetry, I supplement my income by working as a Spanish interpreter. I'm also married to a brilliant comedy writer, with whom I have two wonderful kids.

“Not for Sale,” shortlisted for the Times Literary Supplement’s 2019 Mick Imlah Poetry Prize

Mick Imlah Poetry Prize 2019 shortlist

Not for Sale

The minimum-wage worker drags the cart
full of children, all of them
so cute, put together
so perfectly. Along the cracks of the sidewalk,
the wheels twist, popping, the ride
far from smooth. Occasionally,
couples stop him, ask how much
for the little girl with pigtails, for the boy
with the black eye. The worker
doesn’t speak much English,
tells the passersby the kids aren’t for sale
until tomorrow, & only
at the store, not illegally
like this, smack in the middle of the street.

Audio of 2017 Ledbury Poetry Competition Winners Event, “The fire escape, no longer weighed down”

Phillippa Slinger’s introduction (12:03-13:05)
“The fire escape, no longer weighed down” (13:05-14:45)
Fiona Sampson’s remarks (14:45-15:22)

Link to my Poetry Chapbook “Secret Traits of Everyday Things”, on sale at Encircle Publications

https://encirclepub.com/product/secret-traits-of-everyday-things-by-jonathan-greenhause/