RUMPUS POETRY BOOK CLUB EXCERPT: “42” by Aldo Amparán

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An excerpt from The Rumpus Poetry Book Club’s
August selection, subscribe by July 15, 2022 to receive,
Brother Sleep by Aldo Amparán
forthcoming from Alice James Books on September 13, 2022

 

42

my name was

candle lit

smoke vanished

in a man’s silent

inhalation

smoke held

in the pueblo’s lungs

I yearn

to keep dancing

in his breath


Aldo Amparán
(pronouns: he/they) is a poet, writer, & translator born & raised in the sister cities of El Paso, TX, USA, & Ciudad Juárez, CH, MX. He is the author of Brother Sleep (Alice James Books, 2022), winner of the 2020 Alice James Award.

He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts & CantoMundo. His work appears in, or is forthcoming from, AGNIBest New PoetsBlack Warrior Review, Cherry Tree, Fugue, Gulf Coast, The Journal, Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, Poetry NorthwestThe Southampton Review, Washington Square Review, & elsewhere.

 He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso, where he teaches.


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