they flower in adversity

black snake plants
are hard to kill
you can try
and fail
their roots go deeper
than can be imagined
impossible to control
unwilling to be contained
make space for them

poem by Jerome Berglund


A graduate of the University of Southern California’s Cinema-Television Production program, Jerome Berglund spent a picaresque decade in the entertainment industry before returning to the midwest where he was born and raised. For the past several years he has lived a relatively quiet life, spending his time reflecting, exploring what he learned over the course of a somewhat checkered young adulthood, via writing, poetry and fine art photography. Berglund has published short stories in Paragon Press’s Veisalgia and the Watershed Review, a play in Iris Literary Journal, and poetry in Abstract Magazine, the Dewdrop, Wild Roof, Lychee Rind, deLuge, GRIFFEL, and Ulalume Lighthouse. He recently interviewed the author of Bird Box for the literary journal he managing edits, which has published original writing and poetry from a poet laureate, a Green Party presidential nominee, and a world renowned citizen journalist.