Dating Destiny: Poetry by Ivan Jenson


I knew as soon as we met
that you were inconsequential
to my sustenance
and existentially irrelevant
to my existence
and yet talking with you
over burgers made me think
of the murmurs of monks
and the untouched buns of nuns
oops maybe I should not have
said such a thing
but our conversation was so nothing
and everything
that it made me think
of the God
of petty pretty things
and how in you
he or she created
a real head-turner
as well as a scalp-scratcher
and I wonder if you
are just like
that sex joke you told
that I will never get
because I was distracted
by how your lip gloss
reflected the sunset

Ivan Jenson is a fine artist, novelist and contemporary poet who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His artwork was featured in Art in America, Art News, and Interview Magazine and has sold at auction at Christie’s. Ivan was commissioned by Absolut Vodka to make a painting titled Absolut Jenson for the brand’s national ad campaign. His Absolut paintings are in the collection of the Spiritmusuem, the museum of spirits in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jenson’s painting of the “Marlboro Man” was collected by the Philip Morris corporation. Ivan was commissioned to paint the final portrait of the late Malcolm Forbes. Ivan has written two novels, Dead Artist and Seeing Soriah, both of which illustrate the creative and often dramatic lives of artists. Jenson’s poetry is widely published (with over 600 poems published in the US, UK and Europe) in a variety of literary media. A book of Ivan Jenson’s poetry was recently published by Hen House Press titled Media Child and Other Poems, which can be acquired on Amazon. Two novels by Ivan Jenson entitled, Marketing Mia and Erotic Rights have been published hardcover. Ivan Jenson’s new novel, Gypsies of New Rochelle has been released by Michelkin Publishing. Ivan Jenson’s website is:, Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @IvanJenson


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