Naked Ladies, Bleacher Seats and A New Denim Jacket
Contemporary poetry covering the gamut of life, love, baseball and new clothes. What else is there? If you need more, perhaps one of my favorite reviews will a more unbiased opinion. "It's not that kind of poetry." "Mr. Johnston's poetic musings and perspectives pluck Judi Dench's line from "Chocolate" straight from my mental database every time. Indeed, this is not 'that kind of poetry'. These are not the pretty lines swimming through the hearts and minds of hormone warped youth. No urge to persue 'the beauty of your dreams' conducted here. No philosophical, pastoral meanderings. No, friends these lines come cranking out of the machinery of a life lived. Of wounds resistant to healing. Out of dreams fulfilled and dashed, loves won and lost, and the inexplicable healing power of nine innings with no hits or runs. These words crackle with the brilliant, obscene truths known only to men of a certain age. Men who are slowly becoming invisible to the women they still desire or, worse yet, love. And if this was the whole of the content teeming within these lines, they might easily be dismissed as the rantings of a dirty old man. But there is humor here that winks at the absurdity and fleeting nature of life. There is wisdom here. There is regret and acceptance here. What you will find none of, is apology. These rearward facing perspectives bring a refreshing candor to an art form, too often, framed with cliché. There is nothing worn out or tired in Jerry-Mac's prose. It bristles with the intent to go down swinging. It is full of REAL life.
This book is chock-full of delightfully raunchy grit that will leave you smiling at it's irreverence for unnaturally polite comfort zones. And, if you are not already a baseball fan, make you regret it."
About Jerry-Mac Johnston (Springfield, Missouri Author)
Jerry-Mac has appeared in 300+ television, film, and stage productions in the U.S., Germany, and Austria. He appeared in the CBS Movie of the Week, CRY FOR THE STRANGERS and the hit series NORTHERN EXPOSURE. For nine years, he was Lead Stage Tech for the Seattle Symphony.
When not on or backstage, Jerry-Mac has written several plays produced from Rockaway Beach, MO to Hawaii. His poems and fiction have been published in anthologies and literary journals internationally. A children's book, A Symphonic Dictionary; two books of poetry, a chapbook, Other Lives, Other Loves and his first volume, Naked Ladies, Bleacher Seats, and A New Denim Jacket grace bookshelves from coast to coast.
His latest children's book, Where Does the Wind Go, is currently searching for a publisher. Jerry-Mac is currently writing a play, JIMI, JANIS AND JIM ALMOST LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD CAFE and a web series, ACROST THE CRICK AND DOWN THE HOLLAR. Supposedly retire he continues to write and appear on stage and in films. One of Jerry-Mac's favorite things is attending minor league baseball games and later curling up in bed with a good book or somebody who's read one.