Thursday, April 28, 2016

NaPoWriMo # 45 Despierta Boricua, despierta!

Epistle to future poets


Poems are long avenues
where our burning rage marches.
Everywhere the crying,
everywhere a black wall besieged.
Could our poetry be a solitary column of dew?
It has to be perpetual thunder
as long as children stare
at a loaf of bread with envy.

There are higher things to mourn than lost lovers:
the sound of a society finally awakening
is more beautiful than the dew,
the glittering metal of its anger
more beautiful than sea foam.
A free man is purer than a diamond.

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Sergio A. Ortiz is a Puerto Rican poet and the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. He is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. 2nd place in the 2016 Ramón Ataz annual poetry competition, sponsored by Alaire Publishing House. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sergio A. Ortiz es poeta puertorriqueño que escribe en inglés y español. Actualmente trabaja en su primera colección de poesía, Elephant Graveyard, Cementerio de Elefantes. Ha sido nominado al premio Pushcart en dos ocasiones, al Best of the Web en cuatro ocasiones, y al Best of the Net, 2016. 2do lugar Premio Ramón Ataz de Poesía, 2016. Sus poemas han aparecido, o están por aparecer, en revistas literarias como: Letralía, Chachala Review, The Accentos Review, Resonancias, por mencionar algunos.

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