April is Poetry Month!

Though we may have a mix of genres throughout April, seems appropriate to kick it off with some stunning poetry from Ms. Valentina Cano. Enjoy!


On nights like this

I want to wrap myself

in a piece of sky.

I want to become nothing,

not even a glint of reflection.

I want viscous darkness to fill

my eyes my mouth my lungs.

Drowning them in the tar of silence,

my thoughts blinking out,

one by one.


The table has given up on us.

Our words no longer scratch its surface;

our slamming hands are just echoes.

Our plates sit untouched

as if we’d never passed condiments to one another,

or split napkins in ragged halves.

The table has given up on us.

It’s become only wood.

Trapping You

I want you down on paper,

all of you sketched out

in syllables,

your thoughts a sentence

I can twist until it sounds right.


He wished there was a valve

on the side of his head.

Metal. Shiny.

Something he could turn off

when the patter of steps,

each one a thrumming thought,

an idea breaking its chains,

overtook him.

A mechanical doll.

That was what he’d be.

Winding himself down to sleep.


The Collapse

Your name is too loud in my head.

It’s managed to drill itself in,

curving consonants leading the way,

smoking apart the cement layers

I’ve padded against my skull.

I can’t breathe.

Not in this avalanche of dust

your name has blasted loose.


Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, A Narrow Fellow, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, Spark Anthology, Awaken Consciousness Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Magazine, Avalon Literary Review, Caduceus,White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prize.You can find her here: http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com


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