Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Free Verse and Other Ways of Cursing


                         



Free Verse and Other Ways of Cursing


Imagine that when the time comes
the seconds of those hours’ return
with the misfortune of gravestone
lethargy & that the stubborn hands
of that unworthy artifact
get stuck & again our eyes
return to the offensive insistence
of that presidential election.
Imagine the clock of death,
endless centuries, seasons,
geological ages, species, mutation
of these species, other galaxies,
worlds, abysses, impossible
universes, everything that could,
in short, have a name, wailing.
Imagine that for us it was always
that moment, forever the moment
of racist bigotry and misogyny …

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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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