Welcome to underwhelm.

I’m glad you’re here! Underwhelm features poetry that maybe only my mother might say she loved. But don’t let that stop you!

Click the titles below to read each piece, and follow links on each page to further annotation and other features. Please explore!

The titles are listed in chronologic order of original composition (excluding later revisions), beginning in October 2017.

Gamos (Published: Inscape)

New Year of the Trees


Bereft (Published: The Esthetic Apostle)

Cor Caroli Regis Martyris

The Marriage

Three Worlds (Published [“III. Manifold”]: Inscape)

Vernal (Published: Dialogue)

the author of elements

orchard (Published: Tilde)


Fractal (Published: Junto Magazine)

Patronymic (Published [“III. The Palace Motel”]: Junto Magazine)

Third Watch (Published: Dialogue)

Elude (Published: The Dreamers Anthology: Writing Inspired by the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank)

Conticinium (Published: Inscape)


Beauty for Ashes

Object Permanence

The Generations of Adam




rolling coal


All poetry on this website is (c) 2017-2020 Jonathon Egan, with thanks to publishers who have accepted and published many of these poems. All other content on this website is (c) 2017-2020 Jonathon Egan, except photos or content otherwise credited.