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Yesenia Montilla took part in Platano Poetry Café’s poetry series, here:

http://www.jasminnemendez.com/blog/2018/2/22/platano-poetry-series-yeseniamontilla?fbclid=IwAR3qjvrtF-X1AXTLyJSg0b4dCcfk6In-bt6J_pt5XPEVjfc_8JOBR5SFxsE

 

Montilla’s work in {isacoustic*} is here:

https://isacoustic.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/person-yesenia-montilla-two-poems/

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Please check out Kat Giordano’s new book, The Poet Confronts Bukowski’s Ghost, here:

https://www.amazon.com/Poet-Confronts-Bukowskis-Ghost/dp/1732292205

 

Giordano’s work in {isacoustic*} is here:

https://isacoustic.com/2018/07/09/person-kat-giordano-three-poems/

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This Someone I Call Stranger, poetry by James Diaz, is here:

https://www.indolentbooks.com/this-someone-i-call-stranger-by-james-diaz/

 

Diaz has work in {isacoustic*}, here:

https://isacoustic.com/2018/07/12/person-james-diaz-one-poem/

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Andrew and Donora Rihn have work up at The Mantle, here:

https://themantlepoetry.com/?fbclid=IwAR3U3qHhvrwyFRrRTZuCCSwHgjS4s1-yKTUQVIf_fEI4P4wDMGxMskU5860

 

see their work in {isacoustic*} here:

https://isacoustic.com/2018/03/08/donora-a-rihn-and-andrew-rihn-poems/

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David Bankson has a poem on page 58 of Artifact Nouveau, here:

 

you can check out Bankson’s work in {isacoustic*}, here:

https://isacoustic.com/2018/08/24/person-david-bankson-two-poems/

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person Yesenia Montilla, two poems

Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina from New York City & a daughter of immigrants. A graduate of Drew University’s Poetry & Poetry in Translation MFA program & a Canto Mundo Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in The Wide Shore, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, and others. Her first collection of poetry The Pink Box is published by Willow Books & was long-listed for the PEN America Open Book Award. She lives in Harlem, NY.

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ANIMAL

Maybe the only difference
is our obsession with currency
How everything in our
world has become a commodity

Maybe once, my body was
an ocean & all could roam
it                           freely

Nowadays I feel more
like a ferryman begging for coins
as I shuttle my own body

I want to give myself for pennies
or less than that. Imagine if we
were all made of clay & salt, how
less lonely we’d             be

I heard that warriors gather all
their strength from their tresses
& yet I make myself smooth

What I mean is I am an animal
as are you, so when the grass
finally returns roll in it with me

Let’s bathe in dirt & weeds
Let’s claw & bite to show love
The last free thing in this world —

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IMPOSSIBLE THINGS I

After the Cubs win the World Series

I bought a lotto ticket today
Not because I want to be rich
But because I want to be free

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