Monday, May 08, 2017

I love to hate







I love to hate

disjointed Nations,
the hatred of two hundred 
and seventeen thousand years
under the harmful influence
of cloistered gods.
I hate sugarbirds of ice,
hay, and alum.
I love to hate a bloody face
with immense
doors
opened
to the abyss.
The hatred of broken economies
of expansionist countries
on millions of naked people
treated like beasts.
Nations who adopt
the simple hate weapons
of crime and sleep over,
who drink the starving pottage
of the hottest
blood
of the day.

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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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