OXIDANT | ENGINE : Issue 6

Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena

TALISMAN

For Federico Garcia Lorca

I want to find you


like a talisman
keep you nearer


but the mound stays undiscovered


I dream of beaks
and gilded mirrors
of creaking doors


dawn could never reveal that body


of dark alleys
of light craving exits


no eyes ever saw
the wound


I want all cisterns opened
but the trail ends


where I begin
the lone rider ages ago already entered Cordoba

Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena spends his spare time on the road with his wife, Xandy. His work has appeared in The Cortland Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, Chiron Review, Cider Press Review, Construction Literary Magazine, Osiris, The Bitter Oleander, and elsewhere. His first chapbook, The Blood Is Within The Architecture (PAWN Press), will be out late this year, or next year.