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Another poem

TO COMMEMORATE National Poetry Month, I am posting the second of four of my poems published in the Fall 2018 issue of “Fifth Wednesday Journal.” Impermanence We rode north each May, straight  through Texas and the prairies of Oklahoma,  Kansas, … Continue reading

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A poem

IN HONOR OF National Poetry Month, I am posting the first of my four most recently published poems. They appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of “Fifth Wednesday Journal.” Enjoy. Or not. Al Norte It’s early spring / and I’ll … Continue reading

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Let me tell you about Fina, my sister

MY BROTHER Alejandro put it best: Ya comenzó a desgranarce la mazorca (the cob has begun to shed its kernels). He was talking about the significance of the death last Sunday of my sister, Delfina García, in her California home. … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Green Stuff

It’s Spinach Festival weekend in Crystal City, my hometown, which boasts two statues of Popeye and still calls itself the Spinach Capital of the World. Yet, as far as I know, no Spinach is being shipped out of Crystal City. … Continue reading

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Poem: Autumn Ritual

(Published in The Sonora Review, Issue 74)   We leave you in the dark, always in pre-dawn darkness, la madrugada, in hopes of making it to Nebraska or Kansas by nightfall. With square blank stares, you watch us cram the … Continue reading

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Please: It’s Beto, not Baydough!

SERIOUSLY, NOW: Beto O’Rourke is probably going to be out next US senator from Texas. With that in mind, I think we should make certain we all pronounce his name correctly. Not O’Rourke. As weird and as complex the last … Continue reading

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On Flags and Patriotism (or, Who Says Flags Don’t Talk?)

[In June, 1980, less than a year after starting to work for The Houston Post, I was sent out to do a Flag Day story for the next day. I wasn’t given any guidance and I didn’t ask for any. … Continue reading

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