Monday, March 4, 2019

Women's History Month: Jan Steckel's "Tortilla Jesus"

Tortilla Jesus*

I see Jesus in a Cheeto,
a pierogi, a frying pan, an ashtray,
shower mold, a grease stain,
a paper towel like the Shroud of Turin.

I see the Virgin Mary
in agate, marble, glass and sheet metal,
in a rotting grape, a redwood burl,
a grilled cheese sandwich, a lava lamp.

I see Buddha in a beehive,
Mother Teresa in a cinnamon bun.
Satan in a potato chip.
I see love in your eyes.

*After reading Look! It’s Jesus: Amazing Holy Visions in Everyday Life, (Chronicle Books, 2010) by Harry and Sandra Choron

Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of chronic pain. Her latest poetry book is Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, December 2018). Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, New Verse News, November 3 Club, Assaracus and elsewhere. Her work was nominated three times each for the Pushcart and Sundress Best of the Net anthologies, won the Goodreads Poetry Contest three times, and won various other awards. She lives in Oakland, California.

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