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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On the Battlefield

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  On the battlefield of compulsory desires It's not I, but another, who pulls the wires Though I am labeled denigrator Hands on hips and see you later Left stumbling over the tracks of the liars   On the battlefield I meet some new hires With helpless cravings and propaganda flyers But soon they call me masturbator […]

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I Travel for Sex and Poetry

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This was my entry for Data's "Crimson Shards of Evil Words Competition", 2014. The object was to write a poem using all 99 "banned" words on the list provided by Data, and to use them in the order in which they appeared on that list. Unfortunately, mine was the first entry. When I saw what the others did, well, let's just say […]

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That Piece of Hallelujah

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At first I added this to my micropoems, but when I counted the characters, I realized that it wouldn't be tweetable. I dedicate this to Missy Helen: when I looked up at the stars tonight, I thought of you, and my soul expanded.  

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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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THERE ARE NEW POEMS This is the site for my micropoems, very short 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 author and tweeter of tiny poems. I will add poems here as […]

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Killer Penguins: Exile on Izu

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I almost died when Rosemary Keyhole took my picture. In hindsight, that would have been best. I was on the frozen Antarctic sea in a blizzard with whiteout conditions when the Canadian tourist showed up a mere 12,000 miles from her comfortable home. There she was with a camera, furiously pointing it at me and struggling to push down the […]

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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. The cover is an original design; the full photograph featuring my Japanese lamp with butternut squash […]

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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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