Francisco Aragón



the sun’s

Why don’t you paint

“petals of light.”
Make something
darker, fun

and shut your mouth

—the remains
of a moment:
sheen of our sweat

and I’ll kiss it


after Jack Spicer (1925-1965)

Francisco Aragón is the author of Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press) and editor of the award-winning anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Great River Review and Mandorla. A recent transplant to the Washington DC area, he directs Letras Latinas, the literary program of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). Aragón is also the editor of Canto Cosas, a poetry book series out of Bilingual Press at the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University. A board member of the Guild Complex in Chicago as well as the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), he is also a member of the Macondo Workshop in San Antonio.


Published in Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 2009.


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