Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The Balancing Pole




The Balancing Pole


I get tired
of searching for a scene
where my number flows
of confusing stomach growls
with cranes in mid-flight
of lukewarm drinks
and beer without foam
tomatoes without flavor
and another full moon
that brings no sighs
nor the memory of a cuddle.
I get bored of not agreeing
of bending my head
to interrogate meridians.
Meanwhile, my palm looks
for the balancing pole,
the breath.


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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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