Sherman Pearl | The Sun Magazine

Sherman Pearl

Sherman Pearl traded a career in journalism for one in poetry, and his awards include the 2002 National Writers Union Prize, the 2008 Anderbo Award, and the 2009 Margie Review Editor’s Prize. He is cofounder of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, and his most recent book is Profanities (Conflux Press). He lives in Santa Monica, California.

— From October 2009

Delayed Reactions

After the hammer slams down on your thumb / or the hurtful word penetrates, / a stunned moment follows.

October 2009
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