Roland Petrov

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Each type of school I went to was in a different country on a different continent: primary school in England, junior high in Ethiopia, high school in Lebanon, and university in the United States. I've been a legal resident of seven countries and have travelled in well over thirty. I taught English in Bolivia, Honduras, California, and Japan. I owned a tea shop on an island in Washington State, but I missed the sun so I moved to the desert in Southern California. All photos are taken by me or are of me.

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Dirge for Demis

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It rained here in the desert today for the first time this year. The sun will shine again as usual tomorrow. The cover is not Demis, though it probably could have been; it's actually from a photograph I took of a street musician in Merida, Mexico. He was playing the saw.  

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Those Friday Feelings

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This is my attempt at tackling Johari's "That Friday Feeling" writing prompt. I thought I was lowering the bar with these rhyming "senryu", but apparently I've just taken it in another direction.  

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Quartet with Dad

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This is a very personal quartet of "haibun" style vignettes featuring my relationship with my dad. The feelings and emotions are a quartet of agitation, anger, affection, and loss. The cover shows the big cut featured in Desert Trees; the bleeding green illusion is simply an out of focus palm frond.          

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Seasons of a 13th Year

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Three stories I wrote seemed to belong with each other, so here they are in one place. An autumn story was missing, so I wrote Demon Puddle to tie this work together. I wanted to present them starting with spring (Tea Trauma) and ending with winter (Lovely Cioppino), but the Organize Parts buttons aren't working, so the autumn […]

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Juggling One Ball

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I HAVE A DOZEN. This is where I deposit my micropoems, very short tweetable poems (140 characters or less) that don't fit into the styles of short poems I otherwise dabble in, like haiku, tanka, and shadorma. I owe my participation in the micropoem genre to Suzywordmuse, an accomplished writer and tweeter of tiny poems. I am adding poems here as they come to […]

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Shorts

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This is a collection of my humorous short prose; all of these works are less than a thousand words in length. A version of Highballs & Siberian Bananas, no longer extant, won the Bernard Ashton Raborg Award, 1996. Shock-head was my entry for Terri’s “Nothing shocks me. I’m a scientist” challenge, 2013. I Should Know […]

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Lamp & Squash

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These poems were not written for my poetry club, nor are they haiku, tanka, shadorma, or any of the other specific styles I've dabbled with. These are my "other" poems, and I have paired each poem with an original photograph. Here on Jottify, however, pictures have stopped loading, and the poems can no longer be kept […]

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Gone South

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Mostly written in internet cafes while on the road in Panama for a month in 2013.  The cover is a photo I took of the painting that the Brazilian artist gave me.    

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Tea Garden Tour

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From July 2009 to November 2011, my sister and I owned a tea store on historic Front Street in Coupeville, a quaint town on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. We leased the old barber shop facing Penn Cove, with a lovely view of Mt Baker, and in the rear was this gem of a garden complete with […]

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The Best Dishes of Panamanian Cuisine

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I found Panamanian cuisine to be the most varied and exciting cuisine in Central America, and my goal is to recreate the best dishes I ate in Panama and present them here.

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