Our Poetry Place – WMD

by Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes


In countries

where people read


A writer

would rot in prison

for burning his president in prose

in the land that manufactured Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

remote-controlled drones


The poet

faces a new weapon

in the history of dictatorships:

he is ignored


Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes
From Intimate Geography, Ragged Sky Press

WMD was selected by SDFP Contributor Karen Kenyon.  Karen has been published in The Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, British Heritage, Westways, and The Christian Science Monitor.  She also has two books Sunshower (Putnam, NY)  and The Bronte Family (Lerner Publications, Minnesota) She teaches at MiraCosta College and UCSD-X.

Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes was born and raised in San Diego, California. He attended Herbert Hoover High School and went on to study Religion and Theology at the University of San Diego. His book Intimate Geography, published by Ragged Sky Press, won the 2012 San Diego Book Award for Poetry. Ish, as he is known, has also written lyrics for German musicians Andrea Hörkens and Thomas Roderburg (Tender Art).

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