Don Kingfisher Campbell

A Gerund Life

of hot showers and chocolate chip cookies and canned
macaroni and cheese mixed with chili and plastic
lizards on Lost In Space T-shirts and gimme gimme
commercials yelling I didn't want this at Xmas and
wearing black framed glasses playing basketball
left-handed on asphalt and losing the junior high
presidency to Arlene Vasquez and her polyester pants
and being driven in the snow in a white Buick Skylark
getting patted on the ass by my sister's best friend
while Could It Be I'm Falling In Love played and
dreaming of Linda Ronstadt's nipples and finally
frenching in an elevator in the Ahmanson and poetry
made me fucking love life even more thank you

Don Kingfisher Campbell, MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, has taught Writers Seminar at Occidental College Upward Bound for 33 years, been a coach and judge for Poetry Out Loud, a performing poet/teacher for Red Hen Press Youth Writing Workshops, Los Angeles Area Coordinator and Board Member of California Poets in the Schools, poetry editor of the Angel City Review, publisher of Spectrum and the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, leader of the Emerging Urban Poets writing and Deep Critique workshops, organizer of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival, and host of the Saturday Afternoon Poetry reading series in Pasadena, California. For awards, features, and publication credits, please go to: