Martin Hernandez

La Negra Nueva

Takes hose to tires old and true,

sprays the oily paint. Spattered

hands, the pride of days

five hundred cycle through.

He’s never missed a day of work

or kept his blue jeans blue.

He blacks, he blacks, he blacks

until what’s used shines slick as new.

Martin Hernandez

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Sara Lartigue Jackson

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. —Edgar Allen Poe

It’s hers now.

With her pit bull sidekick,

arm out the truck,

she’ll take the dem site

pine and carry it home.

The wood has a story

she’ll tell with hammers,

write with sawdust.

The wood has a story.

It’s hers.

Sara Latrigue Jackson