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Sandra Cisneros

Bring me a drink. I need to think a little. Paper. Pen. And I could use the stink of a good cigar–even though the sun’s out. The grackles in the trees. The grackles inside my heart. Broken feathers and stiff wings. I could jump. But I don’t. You could kill me. But you won’t. The… Continue reading Sandra Cisneros

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Rachel McKibbens

You have my permission not to love me; I am a cathedral of deadbolts and I’d rather burn myself down than change the locks. — Rachel McKibbens, from “Letter From My Brain to My Heart,” Pink Elephants. (Cypher Books, December 1, 2009)   

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Rachel McKibbens

A child came up to me in the park and asked for a cigarette. Her eyes were startled cats, her voice, a chandelier. I don’t smoke, I said. She took a seat beside me on the bench, resting her head against my shoulder. Her hair smelled like an old dictionary cracked open after rain. I… Continue reading Rachel McKibbens

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Francisco X. Alarcón

If I become mute kissing your thighs, it’s that my heart eagerly searches your flesh for a new dawn.” — Francisco X. Alarcón, from “Of Dark Love” From the Other Side of Night/Del Otro Lado De LA Noche: New and Selected Poems. (University of Arizona Press; Bilingual edition February 1, 2002)

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