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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Nonsense Poetry, Haiku!, Short Story, Poet’s Society, Humorists, Travellers & Cooks, epicurean, Novel Society, short poems, Autobiography, Essays, Humour, A.D.T., Chattel Tattle, The Green-quilled Society of Literary Pondskaters, The Depressives Anonymous Poetry Circle

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Gold & Honey

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When I came up with February's prompt, I wasn't sure I would attempt to write anything for it. I had nothing in mind; however, after a few days I got worried that no one else would attempt it, so I wrote this. As usual, I took the prompt literally. The cover shows a closeup of […]

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Why We Wave Goodbye

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This is my latest song lyric; hopefully, it's note worthy and strikes a chord.  

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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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