Wednesday, February 29, 2012



These four walls
are safe enough
to hold up
the world
if only this
world were
something other
than my fears.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Contigo era constante el deseo

Contigo era Constante el Deseo 

Ayer salí a anidar
Entre los buitres
Te había escogido
Pero tú no me habías
Elegido a mí 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


for W. H.

She sang
through a samurai
death mask;
angel stuck in the mud,
innards bleached,
Blown off somewhere
by too much sun
and wind.

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You Official Music Video

Saturday, February 11, 2012



Lonely among
petals pale as death,
no hand to remove
the frost.   I slip out
of my skin into
another time when
there are no torments,
Adam by my side
an Aztec warrior
ready to flatter me
with a piece of
my enemy’s heart.
When I fall for his charm
no harm comes to me
as his salt melts
on my tongue
and I burn.

Sunday, February 05, 2012



Here I am
it all went
so swiftly,
one day
next sixty-one
—what a word.

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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.