War Leaves a Language (Dream Notes)


This poem was selected by Guest Judge Maggie Smith as the 2nd-place winner of the 2023 Rising Poet Prize.

link to pdf of poem.

Aída Esmeralda

Aída Esmeralda is a queer poet & experimental artist. Born & raised in Virginia, she is also a daughter of the Salvadoran diaspora. She is an MFA poetry candidate at Arizona State University, a Research Fellow for the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands, & an Associate Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her work has appeared in La Horchata Zine, Álastor, Granuja, SWWIM, & Gulf Coast.