Saturday, December 19, 2009
The first glaciers disappeared in Bolivia
while I was listening to my shadow
repeat that poem about a man
fingering his woman.
How often must we watch animals
going about their reproductive business?
Do we need to stare?
As I heard the rain crowding out of
every cloud in Bolivia a vision appeared:
Habra took out his sword and attacked
the honey-scented silhouette of Fatimah.
She fell off her horse and died soon after.
Bolivia cried: Evo-cation!
The credits read:
Tupaj Katari- dead
Citizens of the city of El Alto – massacred
Coca farmers – Mano Negra,
like all the other anonymous heroes
from from El Sur.
Pututu blasted the longest minute
this year while blood drenched
the Legislative Power, damned butchers
sitting like peacocks on the balcony.
© Sergio A. Ortiz 2006
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Poetry Journals & Published Poems
- The Citron Review
- Breadcrumb Scabs
- Salt River Review/ Volume 12, No, 3, Winter 2009
- Ganymede Poets, One Anthology
- Flor del Concreto/ So It Goes Poetry Anthology
- Rust and Moth
- The Externalist: A Journal of Perspectives
- The Stoning of Sarah
- Letralia Tierra de Letras
- children churches & daddies
- The long and detailed principal of governance
- At the Tail End of Dusk Inn
- At the Church of 80% Sincerity
- The Chilean Temple Initiative-The Silent Beauty of a Mother Bee
- Ink Sweat & Tears
- Poet's Ink Review
- The Texture of Stone
- Bread & Tablecloths
- Weathervane, Royal Doll, In Memory
- Rain Dancer, Illegal
- The Beauty of Tattoos, He and I
- Coming Together, Alessia Brio Editor
- Origami Condom
- The Battered Suitcase
- Sergio A. Ortiz
- San Juan, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
- Ortiz grew up between San Juan and Chicago, studied English literature at Inter-American University in San German, Puerto Rico, and philosophy at World University. He was an ESL teacher most of his life but also worked with the elderly blind population as a Daily Living Skills Instructor at the El Paso Lighthouse for the Blind, and the Texas Lions Camp. He studied culinary art at The Restaurant School in Philadelphia and became a chef. His work has been published in over 255 print journals, e-zines, and anthologies. Flutter Press released his debut chapbook, At the Tail End of Dusk, in October of 2009. Ronin Press released his second chapbook: topography of a desire in May of 2010. His photographs have been published or are forthcoming in: W5RAn.com, The Neglected Ratio, The Monongahela Review, and more. His poems were recently published, or are forthcoming in: The Battered Suitcase, Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), WTF PWM, The 13th Warrior Review, Dark Lady Poetry, and Writers’ Bloc.