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Dear Life

In the red dirt of the front walk a whiptail claws a cave for shelter from the sun. Inside, she faces out; her wide mouth shapes a smile....

Chronically

It started when I was 16, after instead of falling in love with Jesus, I fell in love with a boy, a little bit of God’s wrath...

Ghazal in the Year of Corona

What can I do to stay clear of Corona? How can I not draw too near to Corona?   Praying that someday we’ll all meet again And not...

Appliances

On Tuesday the latch knob hurtles off the toaster, startles me, small silver bullet of the morning. On Wednesday, pressing down the lever, I flinch and take...

I Likened Her Hair to a River

I never thought I would go through with a one-night stand. Not because I’m religious; although I did die with salvation on the cross...

Ends Meet

Our apartment must hold enough people to work off the cost of living. We lower our shoulders to a brick each, backs huddled like linemen, anchor our hips,...

Adiabatic Theorem

A light bell the weight the scent of almonds dangling kite tails from the spine of a Foehn wind before the rapid descent of a katabatic Oroshi voids the...

Ni Pena Ni Miedo

Some people must wonder why we want bones. I want them so much! I want them so much! --Violeta Berrios in “Nostalgia for the Light”   In Chacabuco...

The Most Poetic Thing

At 6 a.m., I read Lorca’s Poema del Cante Jondo. I take a photo Of “La Lola” in the sunlight and post it on Facebook...

Legacy

IT WAS NOT MY CHOICE TO SKIN RABBITS to let their blood drain over me This is something that nobles do         and I am descended from a long line...

This Too Shall Pass

Whatever your youngest relation says to do do it without question. If she hands you an empty bottle to wish inside then whisper whatever you can...

Mise en Place

Could this be madness, this? ~Sylvia Plath Beyond all dusky upstairs rooms, their doors fastened tight, locked by skeleton keys I’ve lost in some drawer of the mind,...