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summer awakening






 

your heart falls ripe as sugar apple

pretending it’s a bored angel

 

neglected from the spider’s web

of those hands that would save you

 

from smashing against the ground

which is like falling in love with the blonde

 

acrobat girl from that traveling circus

you used to go to every summer

 

it came to town and you think

you’re in a Win Wender movie

 

in Berlin, but, hell no, it’s San Juan

and you’re a petrified pigeon

 

on the lintel of a dead day

an ossuary at the mercy of dogs
 
 
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, Malpa√≠s 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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