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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Lovely Cioppino

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Cioppino rhymes with Bambino.

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The Billiard Player’s Exasperation

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Although I've written many short poems, this is my first composed twitterable (tweetable?) micropoem, and I owe my participation in this genre to Suzywordmuse, the queen of micropoems.

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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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Micromorts: Good News & Bad News

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Everyone is born with one million micromorts on their micromort account, and you only die when all of them are used up. The bad news is that they get used by your habits, lifestyle, and bad luck. The good news is that you can accumulate extra micromorts along the way to make up for some [...]

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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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With Kindness

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This was my entry for Terri's iPhonus challenge, 2014.

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Springtime Tea Trauma

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My parents were at work, I was on spring holiday, and my uncle was here. I was excited to show off my tea making skills and prepare a fine cup for him. When I was still seven, Grandma took me to a tearoom, and I saw this gorgeous book about tea with colorful photographs from exotic places; it was captivating, and I had [...]

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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 a metal sculpture in Casco Antiguo, the old town of Panama City.

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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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