PHOTOGRAPH: Poet Trina Gaynon with The Great Gatsby Anthology in her Southern California garden. As flattering as flapper era clothing can be, she rarely leaves her own home in costume. Her poem in the collection, “Lost in Gatsby,” is a series of erasures, especially suitable for a man with so many blanks in his past. More recently The Great Gatsby has inspired two other poems — one about reading the book, as a substitute teacher, to write lesson plans for high school students, and the second about the “owl-eyed man.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Trina Gaynon is a literacy tutor. Her poems appear The Great Gatsby Anthology, The San Diego Poetry Annual, Saint Peter’s B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints, Obsession: Sestinas for the 21st Century, A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, Phoenix Rising from the Ashes: Anthology of Sonnets of the Early Third Millennium, Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront, Knocking at the Door: Poems about Approaching the Other, and several WriteGirl anthologies, as well as numerous journals including Natural Bridge, Reed and the final issue of Runes.  Her chapbook An Alphabet of Romance is available from Finishing Line Press. Visit her at