Carrying an Eighteen-Wheeler Refrain


“… here I hold your dream in my poem.” — Rae Armantrout

As he stands with fedora shadows,
we dream, listening wide awake,
gripping our souls with voces
hermosas resounding from
his microphone we are all
encantando as this poet lights
up echoing rhymes, repetition
ritmo, oscuro, tierra—breathless
our ojos y oídos following
as his words suave like jazz
musica his grinning keys
leaving us trembling with sparks
of enlightenment, under these luces,
he ignites our beautiful voices
simmering with anticipation
hanging on all his palabras, teaching
us how to make the salsa, savoring all
our idiomas y colores, he shares
the juice of his papaya poemas,
the fruits of his lengua
Mexicana. He speaks gigante,
fluidly carrying an eighteen-wheeler
refrain, from the stage. Even though
he’s a different shade, I can feel
el poeta, he speaks like me, soñando
in metaphors, he even sounds like me,
with his hands in motion, swimming
in imaginación—his voz sounds
hermoso, echoing stanzas, ponderosa,
with his cuatro ojos, glasses radiating
fuerza from his fedora shadow, we feel
him beaming, he leaves us singing
our vida; believing palabras, echoing
our beautiful voices—he loves
glowing poetry.

For Juan Felipe Herrera

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is the author of the full-length poetry collection Flashes & Verses… Becoming Attractions from Unsolicited Press, and the poetry chapbook So Many Flowers, So Little Time from Red Mare Press. Between the Spine is a collection of erotic love poems published with Picture Show Press and La Belle Ajar, a collection of cento poems inspired by Sylvia Plath's 1963 novel, to be published in 2020 by CLASH Books.

His poetry has been featured in Cultural Weekly, Frontier Poetry, Yes, Poetry, 24Hr Neon Magazine, Red Wolf Editions, poeticdiversity, The Wild Word, The Fem, Pussy Magic Press, Tiferet Journal, Rigorous, Palette Poetry, Rogue Agent Journal, Tin Lunchbox Review, Rhythm & Bones Lit, Anti-Heroin Chic, Neon Mariposa Magazine, The Yellow Chair Review and Lunch Ticket’s Special Issue: Celebrating 20 Years of Antioch University Los Angeles MFA in Creative Writing.

Adrian is an LA Poet who has a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and he is also a graduate of the MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat Woody Gold

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