“When with Fatal Law the Shadow Threatened Me” by Stéphane Mallarmé

Stéphane Mallarmé was a French poet from the second half of the 19th century. The literary child of Baudelaire, Mallarmé crafted difficult poetry rich with disturbing symbols and musical language. Here is a translation of one of my favorite poems of his. When with Fatal Law the Shadow Threatened Me…

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Puhahabitu

This poem was originally published in the spring 2014 edition of Concho River Review. Puhahabitu* The People knew about the truth In ways we only vaguely see; No man can point it out to us No priest retains the needed keys. Its power dwells where each believes That truth resides;…

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The Serpent in My Eye

This poem originally appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Interstice. The Serpent in My Eye I still recall the day it uncoiled its glassy shaft upon the world as I dashed down the alley— a crooked snake that twined at the edge of things, floating away from my focus,…

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Beer Bottles

This poem originally appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Interstice. Beer Bottles My grandfather Manny Garza Had three loves: Golf, beer, and Green-eyed girls (Hence his marriage To my grandmother And their later divorce). But of these three, The greatest was beer. When I was barely a toddler He’d…

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