After a short hiatus, the Vintage Series is back! To get things going again, this week features a beautiful poem by writer Jon Pineda, meaningfully entitled “Coma.” This short piece from DB 5, Winter 2002-2003, is a great example of how poetry can capture incredible ideas and really make us think, without being too extensive or wordy. Spare a minute out of your day today and take a look at how seven simple lines can make a remarkable artwork.
Jon Pineda is a poet, memoirist, novelist, and core faculty member in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Queens University of Charlotte. He is the recipient of a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist fellowship, and his work has received the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, the Green Rose Prize for Poetry from New Issues Poetry & Prose, the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition, and a Palmetto Poetry Series selection. He is the author of the novel Apology, and the memoir Sleep in Me, as well as three collections of poetry. You can find out more about what he’s been doing recently on his website jonpineda.com.