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

Thanks everyone!

Published poems

2 poems playing on Ismaelillo

Stoked to be included in the inaugural issue of January Review Journal (January 30, 2019). My sincere thanks to poet & editor Simon Anton Diego Baena for giving two of my poems such a fine home! “Ismaelillo what is blue to such ephemera” & “what survives”, these (persona) poems are part of a work I’m developing that alludes to & plays on Jose Marti’s first collection of poems Ismaelillo (1882). Written in exile Ismaelillo was dedicated to his then three-year old son.

Read these 2 poems: here

Thanks everyone & enjoy the issue!

Published poems

to be is to bleed away

Delighted to have a poem included in the new release from Better Than Starbucks (May 2018 Vol. III No. V; print & online)! Many thanks to the editors for featuring “to be is to bleed away“. Another poem that takes root in Cuba and draws crosses under the moving shadows of José Marti & Ismaelillo.

Check out the 98 page perfect bound print version here

Click here to read : to be is to bleed away

Illustration: Ernesto García Peña

Thanks everyone!