Creative Work Poetry

Abject Permanence

by Carlos Campos Jr
“Obsession is abject permanence
Desiring end but remaining there”

Obsession is a languid flower
Weeping silently for the sun to hear
Obsession is a rumbling stomach
Gnawing at the weakened body

Every sorrowed bone
undergrown roams
alone in the home,
filling halls with moans
With melancholy

Your eyes – all I see
with the sea brushing softly
fees swallowing what he,
for his love, write solemnly

Obsession is a lost love festering
Snatched away like a viper does a mouse
Obsession is abject permanence
Desiring end but remaining there

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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