fall with landscape


she said we’d build

back better     build back

stronger          desensitized

I am postulating doubt

that breeds like rancor

moss                through cracked

tiles in the patio

under the lemon tree


a moderate compassion

stings like hortigas

that make my tongue swell


my bones sharpen the risk

of digging in too deep


I bag the sun and carry it

home               in a matchbox

all possibilities might

catch               fire

Elidio La Torre Lagares

Elidio La Torre Lagares earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas-El Paso. His work has appeared in Revista Centro Journal (City University of New York), Azahares (University of Arkansas-Fort Smith), Sargasso (University of Puerto Rico), The Acentos Review, Nagari, Malpaís Review, Ariel Chart and The American Poetry Journal. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he currently teaches literature and creative writing in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico. In 2018, he was selected University Press of Kentucky New Voices in Poetry award winner for his book «Wonderful Wasteland


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