Kicking Rocks at Night

He kicked a large stone in front of his feet and followed me in a black jacket I started memorizing…

One Hundred Days

for the 200 Chibok girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram 14-15th April, 2014 In the space of one hundred days what…

Screwing Trash

(after John Updike’s Burning Trash) At noon— computer on, spermatozoon traveling south, emptied from the pressure of impregnation— he thinks…

Figs

1. I toasted a new year then walked home alone at one AM after growing tired of watching others kiss.…

Stolen and Unnamed

When my grandma died her sister brought Mexico in her pocket a bag full of dirt and sand that the…

This Is

What the priest said To my mother After her eighth pregnancy Ended in a hard loss And the doctor’s admonition…

Lessons

Lessons: The terribleness of every place on earth. Anger at the ill. My ambition to do nothing. Why should I…

A Valediction

In A Valediction Forbidding Mourning, John Donne uses a compass to represent his love for his wife. She might have…

You Should Be Flattered

I crossed Aramingo Avenue while wearing a dress. Traffic stood at attention, revving curtains of heat into the sticky morning.…

Prince Charming

A heroic sonnet crown in English Sonnets. The sparkling lines of powder, how they call Those crystals cut, to skin,…