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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Featuring Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal

For Jorge Guillén
They claim you are world renown,
A part of an important generation
Of poets from the old country,
Who had to flee to the States
Like those that came here several
Centuries earlier than you.

Yet there is not one sample of
Your words in the best poems
Website and other websites that
Hail you as an important poet
Of a generation ninety years ago.

Why write so much about a poet
And not include one poem, a
Few verses, or one line? I feel
Cheated of the experience.  You
Cannot get anything for free.

Perhaps it is my duty to go on
A journey, an expedition of sorts,
To find the works of an important
Poet from the old country whose
Words could find influence for me.         


I try to focus
In a world filled with
Lies and booby traps.

There is the snake of
Sweet temptation
Offering the fruit

That is forbidden.
It dangles its gift
That is far from free,

The benefits unknown
And the rewards are
A swift descent to hell

On earth and beyond
To the deep below
Of fire and brimstone.

Quietly, I weep
watching the fire die
down.  A harmless
morning comes to me.
Midnight a lifetime
away.  I eat eggs
and toast for breakfast.
The city calls
as I turn the
corner.  I feel blue 
and small like pebbles.

Luis works in the mental health field in Los Angeles, CA. He was born in Mexico and has been published in online and print journals for the past two decades. His first book of poetry Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press. His other chapbooks and poetry books have been published by Kendra Steiner Editions, Polish Beat Press, Propaganda Press/ Alternating Current Press, Poet's Democracy and Dead Beat Press.