Tuesday, November 27, 2012


holding onto a finger—
the veteran smiles
at his new hand

My Tanka up at The Peregrine Muse


a few of my tanka have been published at The Peregrine Muse.  I am so happy.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

a boxer

el Macho Camacho
gunned down in his last round
of sunshine

(for Hector, "El Macho Camacho")

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Three Haiku

leaving a trail of blood
across the desert

fingerprints tracing an affair of the heart

my sunrise silence 
battered by rockets 

Monday, November 05, 2012


tree frogs sing
under mountain stars...
a dream begins

the strange aroma
of sunset

chamomile tea
I close my eyes to hear 
the nightingale

Benghazi at dawn...
a peaceful dream

death poem
hummingbirds outside
my back porch

dawn the chiaroscuro warmth of adobe  

wind music
a gospel singer
reaches for the light

my neighbor’s hand
clips the bonsai

the voice that was no voice spoke hurricane

yellow moon
a skylark’s voice
over the lake

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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.