“Poormouth,” “I Hate Those People,” “My Poems Are Not My Children,” and Other Poems

Poormouth My dad always said, “Money doesn’t grow on trees!” The idea was that we were very poor but still he always had lawnmowers, weed-eaters,…


“The New Artists,” “Fine,” “As I Am,” and Other Poems

The New Artists They want to live as long as they’re protected, they want to be outlaws and rebels without giving up pensions or pools. They want…


“Honk if You Love Freedom,” “Dream Girl,” “My Cab-Driving Friend John,” and “Naturally”

Honk if You Love Freedom I’m driving my taxi down La Cholla Boulevard when I see a large group of people well dressed and with comfortable faces and…


“Let’s Not,” “A Poem Written After Viewing Several YouTube Videos of Poets Reading Their Precious Works,” “Facebook Conversation with a Small Press Editor After 22-and-a-Half Cans of Beer,” and Other Poems

Let's Not Let’s not be melodramatic let’s not wear turtlenecks in the sun or scuff our boots on purpose let’s not stand at the podium and apologize…


“I’m Gay,” “Writers’ Bios,” and “Anaphylaxis”

I'm Gay and that pisses you off doesn’t it? It drives you crazy that I’m gay. Did I mention I’m gay? GAY GAY GAY GAY. How do you like them apples?…


One Poem Too Many

Two white mass murderers sit in a prison cell. One is reading a poetry journal on the bottom bunk. The other is bouncing a balled-up pair of socks…


Raindog

Natalia wanted a Moringa tree. Moringa trees were the hot new thing. You could make tea from the leaves and they would cure what ails you. It was a…


Dreaming of a Hacienda

I’m not saying it was symbolic, but his address was 8704 W. Lazy Street. I slowed my cab in front of his pre-fabricated house. He was standing on the…


Bologna and Grasshopper Sandwiches

In Hermosillo, I get Natalia out of bed and up on her feet with her crutches, and we drive over to Alameda’s house. We try to talk everybody into…


“For the New Cab Driver After His First Shift,” “The Street Without a Name,” “237 North Oracle,” and “Rush Hour Fatality”

For the New Cab Driver After His First Shift Don’t get too excited when you make a little dough in the morning or whenever your shift starts because…