December 8th Reader: Roberto Carlos Garcia

Roberto Carlos Garcia’s work has been published in a bunch of spots.
Check out his website on Tumblr, robertocarlosgarcia.tumblr.com for
poems & stuff. His chapbook amores gitano (gypsy loves) is available in e-book form on Amazon for $7, or in print from Cervena Barva Press.
His poetry worries the body, & fighting the power. He teaches at Union
County College, and at Essex County College.

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from his poem: Duplicity

I swim peripheral glances.
Back-stroke being ignored.
Wade on a chair
in a corner of the room,
chat up the Help
until,
some(not brown or black)one
tosses me
an integration lifeline.
Hard truth:
Light & Dark
sparkle the waters
like tinsel,
pretty chimera. …

Poem originally appeared at Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture
(University of Kentucky). From the manuscript Diaspora’s Dust.

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