Published poems

of Hope

Pleased to bits to have a poem published today (August 10, 2019) in International Times, the newspaper of resistance, operated out of the UK since the Sixties. My sincere thanks to the editors of IT for including my work! Delighted to be featured alongside inspiring poets & friends like Reuben Woolley & Kushal Poddar! What a gang! Cheers!

Here’s the link to the poem: of Hope: « America’s concentration camps »

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Published poems

to fall dead or lament for José Martí

Pleased to have Visual Verse, “an anthology of art and words” feature my poem “to fall dead or lament for José Marti” in their latest issue (vol. 6 chapter 8). This is another persona poem in the voice of Marti. My sincere thanks to the editors!

Here’s the link : https://visualverse.org/submissions/lament-for-jose-marti/

Image : Craig Carry

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Published poems

to holy the light

Really delighted and honored to have three of my poems accepted for publication in Stride magazine (UK). These three pieces, “for son that i’m“, “memoir of a neigh” & “to holy the light” are part of a work I’m recently developing that gravitates to José Martí‘s first collection of poetry Ismaelillo (1882). Written in exile (Caracas & New York) & dedicated to his absent three-year-old son José Francisco Martí Zayas Bazán, Ismaelillo can be considered as a figure of longing for absence that brilliantly exemplifies the osmosis of the personal and the political. By donning the mask of Martí, I don’t know yet what I’m exactly digging for in this project. For now, it seems the distillation of the thick imagery of Martí’s legendary death & his own obsession with death is resulting in expanding concentric circles in my work! My sincere thanks to editor Rupert Loydell for giving these persona poems a fine home! They are scheduled to appear on May 21, 22 & 23, 2019!

Read them here:

for son that i am

memoir of a neigh

to holy the light

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Published poems

memoir of a neigh

Really delighted and honored to have three of my poems accepted for publication in Stride magazine (UK). These three pieces, “for son that i’m“, “memoir of a neigh” & “to holy the light” are part of a work I’m recently developing that gravitates to José Martí‘s first collection of poetry Ismaelillo (1882). Written in exile (Caracas & New York) & dedicated to his absent three-year-old son José Francisco Martí Zayas Bazán, Ismaelillo can be considered as a figure of longing for absence that brilliantly exemplifies the osmosis of the personal and the political. By donning the mask of Martí, I don’t know yet what I’m exactly digging for in this project. For now, it seems the distillation of the thick imagery of Martí’s legendary death & his own obsession with death is resulting in expanding concentric circles in my work! My sincere thanks to editor Rupert Loydell for giving these persona poems a fine home! They are scheduled to appear on May 21, 22 & 23, 2019!

Click here to read: memoir of a neigh

Thanks everyone!

Published poems

for son that i’m

Really delighted and honored to have three of my poems accepted for publication in Stride magazine (UK). These three pieces, “for son that i’m“, “memoir of a neigh” & “to holy the light” are part of a work I’m recently developing that gravitates to José Martí‘s first collection of poetry Ismaelillo (1882). Written in exile (Caracas & New York) & dedicated to his absent three-year-old son José Francisco Martí Zayas Bazán, Ismaelillo can be considered as a figure of longing for absence that brilliantly exemplifies the osmosis of the personal and the political. By donning the mask of Martí, I don’t know yet what I’m exactly digging for in this project. For now, it seems the distillation of the thick imagery of Martí’s legendary death & his own obsession with death is resulting in expanding concentric circles in my work! My sincere thanks to editor Rupert Loydell for giving these persona poems a fine home! They are scheduled to appear today (May 21, 2019), tomorrow & day after tomorrow!

Here’s the link to the poem:http://stridemagazine.blogspot.com/search?q=debasis

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Published poems

“erasures”— another poem from my Ismaelillo series

One of my Ismaelillo series poems –“erasures“– is up at The Honest Ulsterman today (February 28). Created by the late poet James Simmons in 1968, The HU is one of the long-running & “most widely read little magazines of its type in Ireland and probably in the English speaking world.” I’m truly honoured & humbled to have been entrusted with the opportunity to contribute to such an esteemed literary journal with a long trajectory! My heartfelt thanks to The HU & its editors!
erasures“– another persona poem– is a part of a work I’m recently developing that alludes to & plays on José Martí‘s first collection of poetry Ismaelillo (1882). Written in exile (Caracas & New York) & dedicated to his absent three-year-old son José Francisco Martí Zayas Bazán, Ismaelillo can be considered as a figure of longing for absence that brilliantly exemplifies the osmosis of the personal and the political. In my donning of the mask of José Martí, Ismaelillo is not a little boy seen as a knight whose role is to serve as a solace to the personal & political nightmares that “daunt” his father (“espantado de todo”), rather in the light of History (of Havana), he has to become a jazz musician!

Here’s the link to the poem: erasures

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