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Creosote Rains

Water from belly.
Forgotten faucet.

*

Black hair rivered over
the cliffs of her shoulders.

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Resistance: the knotting
of a leaky hose.

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Place a marble on her tongue,
a penny between her brows
to damn the river of blood
coming down her nose.

Creosote Rains

Water from belly.
Forgotten faucet.

*

Black hair rivered over
the cliffs of her shoulders.

*

Resistance: the knotting
of a leaky hose.

*

Place a marble on her tongue,
a penny between her brows
to damn the river of blood
coming down her nose.

Fernando Pérez  36, Seattle

 
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FIRST POEM My father says I wrote it when I was 5. Our family dog, Biff, had run away. I went to my room and wrote, “Bif es gon.”
FAVORITE BOOK OF POETRY Always Danger by David Hernandez: “Damage makes a notch on us all.”
FAVORITE LOCAL WATER Lake Washington because I ride over it on my way into work and it reminds me to stay present.

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