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Charles Weld: Steve J

Art by Bernice Holtzman 2023



by Charles Weld



Jumping to the ground from the open door of a Huey,

Steve told me he counted one, two, three slowly,

having heard somewhere that someone was hit

every four seconds on average. Reason—he’d admit—

was one of Vietnam’s first casualties. Years later,

if they told him at AA that the sky was red,

he said he’d believe it in order to stay sober,

and not sink back into drugs and drink, winding up dead.

I turned to him often for advice. Falling in love

he said was like rocket fuel—good for the boost

it gave to push you through and above

relationship’s first frictions—if you weren’t seduced

by its power. A snare to beware of. This, while

he polished a customer’s fretboard carefully, his smile

making an attitude of gratitude look relatively easy.



Charles Weld’s poems have been collected in two chapbooks, Country I Would Settle In (Pudding House, 2004), and Who Cooks For You? (Kattywompus, 2012.), and in many small magazines such as Southern Poetry Review, Evansville Review, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, The Concord Saunterer, Friends JournalBlue Unicorn, Canary, etc. A collection, Seringo, will be published later this year by White Violet Press (Kelsay Books.) He’s worked as an administrator for a nonprofit agency that provides treatment for youth experiencing mental health challenges, and lives in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023