Poetry

  • August at Oceti, One Year Later

    by Teresa Dzieglewicz

     

    Standing Rock, 2017

    Crawl beyond barbed wire. Stand in the place you stood,
        where you burned your fingers on the barely-live

    embers of the Sacred Fire’s final night, looked
        at …

  • To ghost is to stay.

    by Douglas Kearney

     

    grieving gets its discipline done,
    that’s who’s not gone’s abiding
    rehearsal—biding’s ghost shit,
    right? supernatch: cabinets,
    corridors, doors soon rapped at;
    chill heavy in grim, dim scenes;
    bleak dispatches bleed …

  • City of

    by William Archila

     

    City of ghosts. City of dead cars. City of nah to the songs
    that say blah, blah, blah. Is this what I get
    when my father’s dead. Is this what …

  • Ode To the Bus Terminal

    by Guadalupe Salgado Partida

     

    they come to pay respects like devotees
    and offer libations for seat numbers at your kiosk windows
    and you grant them not just a gate
    but even a time of …

  • Prest Street

    by Demetrius Buckley

     

    It’s all uncles and cousins, proud black men
    of urban banter in a small backyard,
    car parts in a strange box that stains. I watched
    those rough hands rummage
    through …

  • Given To

    by Dorothy Barresi

    “Exide Battery-Recycling Plant Contaminates 10,000 Homes in Poorest Los Angeles
    Neighborhoods, Nets No Jail Time”
                    L.A. Times

     
    If you are lucky in this life, only …

  • Survivor’s Gift

    Abu Bakr Sadiq Wins a 2024 Zócalo Poetry Prize Honorable Mention Award

    by Abu Bakr Sadiq

    Every year, we award the annual Zócalo Poetry Prize to the poem that best evokes a connection to place. Zócalo is pleased to recognize four …

  • Bildungsroman

    Yvanna Vien Tica Wins a 2024 Zócalo Poetry Prize Honorable Mention Award

    by Yvanna Vien Tica

    Every year, we award the annual Zócalo Poetry Prize to the poem that best evokes a connection to place. Zócalo is pleased to recognize four …

  • A Pill Bug Mutters Makeshift Myths

    Tommy Vinh Bui Wins a 2024 Zócalo Poetry Prize Honorable Mention Award

    by Tommy Vinh Bui

    Every year, we award the annual Zócalo Poetry Prize to the poem that best evokes a connection to place. Zócalo is pleased to recognize four …

  • Fire Ants

    Fatma Omar Wins a 2024 Zócalo Poetry Prize Honorable Mention Award

    by Fatma Omar

    Every year, we award the annual Zócalo Poetry Prize to the poem that best evokes a connection to place. Zócalo is pleased to recognize four …

  • from Decorporeal

    by Anthony Sutton

     

    After many hours on the road:
       Indiana and the Hell
    is real billboard. I stopped
       in Bloomington
    needing food. The sky
       so blue Yves Klein
    could have painted it.
       I …

  • We Shall Rest

    by Sheila Black

     

    The elm split by lightening stands
    above the bench where my father sat
    the summer he could no longer breathe
    enough to walk to the Avalon
    without stopping. I sat …