Essay on Poetry by Alex Z. Salinas

Essay on Poetry

for Robert Aaron Salinas

Little Brother
I know you didn’t ask for an
Essay on poetry 
But the mouse in my pantry 
Needs exterminating 
And we won’t do it—
Mom raised us with clean hands if nothing else—
Great poets would strain to describe that fur of
Protruding gray,
A color that, like poetry, becomes the 
Word & little else—
You didn’t ask to sleep on my
Inherited couch, that velvet Panzer, trooper,
But Pops gave us a broad back if nothing else—
Things will start to change soon, 
I feel it in my verse 
Which is to say 
A career balancing the innards of my skull
And when you send your pieces to review
I judge them not by punctuation or clarity 
But rather how related our creature is
In a different house of bones—
Little Brother 
The right lines are hard to come by 
If one reads incessantly with sharpened preferences
And this game of penchants isn’t for everyone
But the next time you visit 
When 2017 is a faint dream 
I promise you’ll fall asleep on brand-new cushions
For a bed of roses cuts it only on the page. 

Bio: Alex Z. Salinas is the author of poetry collections WARBLES and DREAMT, or The Lingering Phantoms of Equinox. He is also the author of a book of stories, City Lights From the Upside Down. His third collection of poems, Hispanic Sonnets, is forthcoming through FlowerSong Press. He holds an M.A. in English Literature and Language from St. Mary’s University, and lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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