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Saturday Poetry – ‘apocalyptic lyric’ by Cintia Santana

This week’s Saturday Poetry brings you the soul-stirring poem titled ‘apocalyptic lyric’ by Cintia Santana. For this edition of Saturday Poetry, we have paired Santana’s emotive words with mobile art by the talented @beyond_1st_light – Jane Schultz. The captivating artwork titled ‘To bee or not to bee’ complements the poem’s essence beautifully, creating a symphony of emotions. Cintia Santana is a Latinx poet and interdisciplinary artist living in the Bay Area on unceded Muwekma Ohlone territory. The recipient of fellowships from Djerassi and CantoMundo, she is the author of The Disordered Alphabet, forthcoming in 2023 from Four Way Books. She teaches fiction and poetry workshops in Spanish, as well as literary translation courses at Stanford University.

“For some time, I’ve wondered how and why the lyric continues to survive in a world of unremitting violence. In a workshop led by Brian Teare, I gathered seeds scattered in my notebooks over the years: a comment made by my friend, the poet Brian Cochran; an encounter with the word ‘concertina’; a moment of disbelief while tuning in to The Crown; and the news, the news, the news. The oldest seed, hardly dormant, was an interview I’d heard around 2008, with a man who had jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. The poem insists on a syntax both indefinite and, I hope, unpredictable”, Santana expressed.

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via Poets.org

‘apocalyptic lyric’ by Cintia Santana

a line break        is a kind of lie       my friend says

            yet still        he writes

an encore        over and over        the lyric

            a border wall        topped        by concertina wire

improbably survives

            as does the sound       of honeybees

and monarchy

            as did the man        on the Golden Gate        who leapt

after he fed        the parking meter

‘To bee or not to bee’ ©beyond_1st_light


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