Volume Three, Issue 3


Daniel Romo

Getting up from the table to grab your significant other dessert is a piece of cake, but nothing is ever easy in reverse. Credit isn’t given for apologizing before misstepping over a molehill or crashing into a mountain. Damage is categorized by the perimeter of the of debris. Take blowing out candles, for example; the way the flames linger after absorbing the best breath has to offer as if fighting to inhale… to exhale, until both the wick and birthday boy have nothing left to give. Closing your eyes while making a wish is the most fitting way to celebrate an instance that may or may not ever occur. But celebrating too early is the downfall of many a man in need of a miracle. As you sow, so shall you repeat. The most trying season is the result of throwing up confetti before the sky is ready to rain. But joy comes in the morning with hands raised as if begging the body to be absorbed by every inch of downpour.

Daniel Romo: "I am the author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press 2019), When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014), and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). My poetry can be found in The Los Angeles Review, PANK, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. I have an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and I am an Associate Poetry Editor at Backbone Press. I live and teach in Long Beach, California. More at danielromo.net."

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