Poetry No. 56 – Lucía Orellana-Damacela


deadpan tone emerges an invasion
organs silent no more     ask in decibels
in blockages    dislocated rhythms
carrier of a surplus measured in heartbeats
sound assault to the carotids
what you hear is what you get
echo reflects and gathers in black and white
waves find a way home    a calligraphic moon
on a frequency asking for a sequel
strings running through neck and body
fictionalized acoustic truths
imagine what you don’t know
magnetic call to spinning metal
the wait resonates between the earrings
like biting a steel cold lollipop


Lucía Orellana-Damacela is the author of Sea of Rocks (2018), the chapbooks Longevity River (2019), Life Lines (2018), and Inherent (Fly on the Wall Press, forthcoming in 2020). Her poetry, prose and translations have been published in more than twelve countries in both English and Spanish. Her work has appeared in venues such as Tin House Online, Carve Magazine, The Bitter Oleander, Cha, and The Acentos Review. Lucía tweets at @lucyda and blogs at notesfromlucia.wordpress.com.

© Lucía Orellana-Damacela

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