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Jon Wesick

Jon Wesick’s face appears in photographs from physics labs, martial arts dojos, Zen centers, and cities all over the world. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland and has worked on cyclotron experiments, communications, medical physics, and systems engineering. He’s studied aiki ju jutsu, aikido, karate, judo, and a little kendo. Martial arts and a fascination with the mind led him to meditation. He lived in Vancouver, Canada for three years during his postdoc and has traveled to five continents so far.

Jon has published hundreds of poems and stories in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Metal Scratches, Pearl, Slipstream, Space and Time, Tales of the Talisman, and Zahir. The editors of Knot Magazine nominated his story “The Visitor” for a Pushcart Prize. His poem “Meditation Instruction” won the Editor’s Choice Award in the 2016 Spirit First Contest. Another poem “Bread and Circuses” won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists Contest. Jon is the author of the poetry collection Words of Power, Dances of Freedom as well as several novels.

Poetry:  Words of Power, Dances of Freedom

This new collection of 116 poems reveals the insight, wit and wisdom of one of Southern California's most widely published and respected poets. A fixture in the poetry landscape of San Diego for two decades, JON WESICK shows in this effort why audiences have been smiling, laughing and cringing with him for such a long time.

Reviews:

"Words of Power, Dances of Freedom fearlessly mocks and castigates hypocrisy with rollicking humor and a deft command of irony."
          – Roger Aplon, author of It's Only TV
              Editor/publisher, Waymark: A Poetry Magazine

"In these poems we meet Einstein, Yeats, Cesare Borgia, Odysseus. We can't predict what they will say or do. All we know is that we are lucky to have Jon Wesick."
          – Oriana Ivy, author of Winter Snow

"Jon Wesick's words march across the page with the force of a bulldozer and fly through your ears with the energy of a hummingbird."
          – Chris Vannoy, author of A Strange Summer
              Winner of the 2015 San Diego Book Award for poetry
 
"With an extraordinary wit Jon Wesick brings down the walls of familiarity exposing vulnerabilities of human emotion in unexpected places."
          – Silva Merjanian, author of Rumor
 
"Classic Jon Wesick – smart, humorous, insightful, and at times heart-breaking."
          – Steve McDonald, author of Golden Fish Dark Pond

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Does the eradication of genetic diversity cleanse a society of crime and political corruption?

Following the devastating Race Wars, the ruling order concluded that only eliminating differences would prevent further bloodshed. After witnessing a brutal murder, clone Hal LK2154 joins a shadowy organization to apprehend the mutants supposedly responsible for such crimes. With increasing knowledge of the group’s police-state tactics, Hal learns the roots of human violence grow deeper than the public suspects.

The Disillusionment of Hal LK2154

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