Creative Work Poetry

The City

by Carlos Campos Jr
“All now forgotten, all abandoned.”

Marble-Cement left the oxygen dormant
which once lined the streets. It reeked
of clinic and of vacancy. Now, pearly white –
for shadows now solely cover the sky. I

hid among the beasts, who –
for having bled out inhabitants,
did not mind I, a caliginous creature,
give its cadaver a purpose yet again.

Alone. I am
not alone; there are many who
scurry among the bones and the
rotten and soon-to-be rotten bodies of
beasts that were once homes. All now forgotten, all abandoned.

About the Writer: Carlos Campos Jr (they/them) is a Chicanx poet. They were born and live in Texas but their home is in Monterrey, and they are involved in organizing for a less terrible world. They are a founding member of the Houston DSA Arts Collective and are always happy to talk people’s ears off about the importance of Cultural Organizing. Interested in Latin America’s (and especially Chile’s) importance of poetry, they are dedicated in doing their part of building a mass appeal to poetry and the arts. Their work can now be found in the Houston Review of Books, where they debuted. One can find Carlos on Twitter as @CompaPoeta, and on Instagram as @UnoriginalSmack. They’re always open to messages, particularly for conversations on poetry and the radical power it has, but they’re not opposed to discussing anything else. Carlos is very interested in collaboration work, ranging from poets to artists to musicians and so on, particularly to break unnecessary divides which contemporary institutional art education brought.

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