I heard Luis J. Rodriguez read from his book, trochemoche, at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles. I love the poems in the book. Here is one of my favorites, "Meeting the Animal in Washington Square Park."
I just finished reading HERE, BULLET by Brian Turner. It is a moving, powerful and visceral book of poetry. One of my favorite books. I highly recommend it!
Here is the title poem from the book:
If a body is what you want
then here is bone and gristle and flesh.
Here is the clavicle-snapped wish,
the aorta’s opened valves, the leap
thought makes at the synaptic gap.
Here is the adrenaline rush you crave,
that inexorable flight, that insane puncture
into heat and blood. And I dare you to finish
what you’ve started. Because here, Bullet,
here is where I complete the word you bring
hissing through the air, here is where I moan
the barrel’s cold esophagus, triggering
my tongue’s explosives for the rifling I have
inside of me, each twist of the round
spun deeper, because here, Bullet,
here is where the world ends, every time.
Brian Turner is an amazing poet & writer. I am so grateful to hear him read and talk at the Red Hen Press 21st Anniversary Luncheon.
Teresa Mei Chuc is a writer of poetry and creative non-fiction.