Author Archive: Sam Pierstorff

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T-Shirt View

T-Shirt View

T-ShirtView Wear Your Pride I love wearing my Modesto gear.   One of my all time favorite Modesto shirts is my Modesto High School Cross Country shirt.  Always makes me feel good.  I love to travel and I love wearing my ModestoView t-shirts or my Modesto Graffiti, Porchfest or old X Fest shirts.  I only have […]

All Ages View

AllAgesView By Sofia Johnson After crossing the days off my calendar until 2020 would be over, the new year is officially here. May we use the lessons learned from the former year to nourish the soil of the present one. This year I foresee tremendous growth and prosperity within my country, my community, and most […]

Food & Wine View: The Patio is the New Star!

Food & Wine View: The Patio is the New Star!

Food and Drink View: The Patio is the New Star! By Chris Murphy Well, the bars are not open and what do we do?  Yes, I know you want to go bar hopping as much as I do, but we just can’t.   So, how do we enjoy our favorite libations during this time?  Yes, friends, […]

By February 9, 2021 Read More →

Arts Grants Given

Grants made to arts organizations supporting people of color Although COVID-19 has put a damper on many arts activities, our local chapter, Stanislaus Arts has not been inactive. To support the arts through this time of crisis, The National Endowment for the Arts made funds available to keep artists and arts organizations somewhat functional through […]

By February 4, 2021 Read More →

February Greetings Friends

Greetings Friends, First off, an apology. I got drilled with COVID in December. It took out my family, my friends, and my company. I was out of commission for a couple of weeks and we were not able to get a January issue to the printer nor did I connect well with people I like […]

PoetryView – Love in the Time of Coronavirus

PoetryView – Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Love-in-the-Time-of-Coronavirus.docx Love in the Time of Coronavirus by Sam Pierstorff, @njapoet Six feet feels like a hundred miles when handshakes are forbidden and high fives have been replaced by winks and head nods like we are all flirting inside a crowded bar, but the bar is our kitchen—the strangers are our neighbors walking past dusty […]

PoetryView – Fireworks

PoetryView – Fireworks

PoetryView by Sam Pierstorff FIREWORKS We stuffed them in mailboxes, lit the fuses and ran like hell as white-haired men— always in slippers and robes— came running out of their homes with broomsticks (or were they rifles?) to swat the flames that crackled inside, burning up all the bills. They should thank us, we joked. […]

PoetryView – 26.2 Mile Run

PoetryView – 26.2 Mile Run

Dear 26.2-Mile Run by Sam Pierstorff, #NinjaPoet I have been drinking a lot lately, slugging shots of honey whiskey, watching you all night leaning over the bar, legs so long an airplane could land on your hamstrings. I want you more than you want me. We both know that. But still you flirt with your […]

By March 4, 2019 Read More →
PoetryView – House Outside our Homes

PoetryView – House Outside our Homes

PoetryView by Sam Pierstorff The House Outside our Homes I. The four walls pucker the way cheeks do when the tongue has tasted something bitter. The sky has committed itself to rain. The roof wants to give up. Underneath, a girl hears the plinking of the drops against the bony house. II. You might want […]

By September 3, 2017 Read More →
PoetryView – Learning to Ride

PoetryView – Learning to Ride

Learning to Ride —Sam Pierstorff As a father, you never want to push your daughter away, but sometimes you have to like when she’s six years old and trying to ride a bike without training wheels for the first time, and you’re running as fast as you can behind her, one hand clenched to the […]

By May 2, 2017 Read More →
PoetryView -Why I Don’t Write Love Poems

PoetryView -Why I Don’t Write Love Poems

PoetryView by Sam Pierstorff Why I Don’t Write Love Poems There’s always the concern that you’re thinking more about her than she is about you. Before bed, her face brushes across the dark canvas of your thoughts. In the morning, she is reflected in the chrome face of the toaster. Her breasts appear in the […]

By January 31, 2016 Read More →
Poetry View  – Dear 2015

Poetry View – Dear 2015

Dear 2015 by Sam Pierstorff You were not my first year, and you will certainly not be my last, but as far as years go, you were the worst. You brought us “man buns” and Donald Trump. You let ISIS wreak havoc in Paris and San Bernardino. You let the Patriots win another Super Bowl […]

By January 3, 2016 Read More →
PoetryView – Dear Syrian Refugees

PoetryView – Dear Syrian Refugees

Dear Syrian Refugees, By Sam Pierstorff You are welcome in my home. Not everyone welcomes you, not in their country, not in their city, not on the streets where they walk their dogs, stopping only to let them urinate on trees. These are sacred lands, they say, and your hands are dirty. But my porch […]

By December 2, 2015 Read More →
PoetryView – Goodnight Moon

PoetryView – Goodnight Moon

PoetryView By Sam Pierstorff Award winning ninja poet and MJC English Professor and Poet Laureate- ModestoView Goodnight Moon From outside the window, it must look like a crime is underway: late night, shades drawn, scattered light flickering like fireflies inside the room. But it’s only my son lighting up every storybook page with his new […]

PoetryView – Let the Games Begin

PoetryView – Let the Games Begin

Let The Games Begin by Sam Pierstorff This is for the first letter learned—etched with a fist around a blunt pencil, circling the page like a tornado. His name is Oscar, and these are his Os, drawn like targets or springs bouncing across a page. And this is for Violet, her Vs like empty sugar […]

By August 3, 2015 Read More →