Survival Guide


Selected by UCLA Center for the Art of Performance,

Who is the Poet in your Life?



I hold my hands flat

like Superman flying

levitate as long as possible

land palms down

equalize the pressure

by using my forearms

breathe out upon impact

roll when I hit the ground

collapse and curl the body

protect my head

take time to get up

check for serious injury



by landing on my feet

no matter the height

lessen the stress to vital organs


when I’m practiced

I can hear you want out

I can walk away


Bonnie S. Kaplan   2013



Selected Work

Featured poet in Cultural Weekly. 

2015 Pushcart nomination for "Our Aquarium."


Poem "Pressing Love" in Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed (Upstart: A Journal of English Rennaisance Studies, 2014)


Poem "Battle Dressings"

in *82 Review Issue 2.2 (Spring 2014)


Three poems in This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013). ALA-honored anthology, Lambda Literary Finalist


Poem "Composition" in

Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology (Split Oak Press, 2012)


Two poems in The Squaw Valley Review Poetry Anthology 2011


Short story "Oh My Godzilla" published in the anthology, Mentsh, On Being Jewish and Queer (Alyson Books, 2004.)




"Unrehearsed," a video poem


"Talking Ban," a video poem


Blood-Jet Radio Hour with Rachelle Cruz, Episode #105, featuring Megan Volpert and poems by This Assignment is So Gay contributors Bonnie S. Kaplan and Douglas Ray


"All Access Pass" (video), an original essay performed at The Santa Monica Playhouse (2009)