Strife in China and Tingling Shocks

Strife in China

I keep seeing strife in China
Still I long to touch a personal heaven
calm and silky
sane and safe


Tingling Shocks

tingling shocks harm the longest nerves
wait patiently but in the end
You’ll crash and break
no reward nor heaven

About Jan Steckel

Award-winning author Jan Steckel is a retired pediatrician and a bisexual and disability rights activist. Her first full-length poetry book, The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) won the Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook Award. Her chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) won a Rainbow Award for Lesbian and Bisexual Poetry. Her writing has been widely published and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband Hew Wolff. Find her books on Amazon, at, and in selected independent bookstores.


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