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Jason Ryberg

Away on Business

Speeding Across the State of Kansas

Away on Business

Better listen up,
Winter, with your feet of snow,
your sheets of ice and

your cold, wet over-
cast army blanket of a
sky, always causing

us some sort of bad
Seasonal Affectation
Disorder or bleak

holiday / new year
postpartum depression down
here in the Gen-Pop

of the super-max
detention facility
that the Great State of

Kansas can become
so easily (during the
months of November

through March), and always,
otherwise, mucking things up
for everyone by

making everything
slower, sludgier, and all-
around harder than

they need to be.  But
I keep hearing that the sun
has been seen around

here, lately, that he’s
been away on business,
for far too long but

now he’s back and he’s
pissed as hell ‘cause he doesn’t
like what you’ve done with

the place, and a few
changes definitely need
to be made, ASAP.

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Speeding Across the State of Kansas

There are few things as
fine as speeding across the
state of Kansas on

a crisp and sunny
day in mid-February,
jacked-up on just a

little whiskey, weed
and espresso, with the Stones’
Exiles on Main Street

cranked up to that sweet
maximum density spot
where the music and

the sheer volume and
aforementioned chemical
array somehow seems

to almost fuse it
all together into one
groovy beat machine

moving down the high-
way as if propelled by the
combined energies

of Charlie Watts, Bill
Wyman and Mick Taylor, them-
selves, leaving the rest

of us to holler,
hoot and harmonize along
as best as we can.

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Jason Ryberg is the author of fourteen books of poetry, six screenplays, a few short stories, a box full of folders, notebooks and scraps of paper that could one day be (loosely) construed as a novel, and, a couple of angry letters to various magazine and newspaper editors. He is currently an artist-in-residence at both 
The Prospero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s and the Osage Arts Community, and is an editor  and designer at Spartan Books. His latest collection of poems is Are You Sure Kerouac Done It This Way!? (co-authored with John Dorsey, and Victor Clevenger, OAC Books, 2021). He lives part-time in Kansas City, MO with a rooster named Little Red and a billygoat named Giuseppe and part-time somewhere in the Ozarks, near the Gasconade River, where there are also many strange and wonderful woodland critters. 

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