Impure Word by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal


The impure word
defends itself
from the wind kissed
cold breezy word.

It flexes its
muscles, tendons,
entrails and guts
and slaps the wind

in its cold face
of winter. Its
bleeding mug spits
out broken teeth.

The wind kissed word
smiles wickedly,
calls a truce, and
asks for a dance.

©2019 Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal



Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, born in Mexico, lives in Southern California, and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles. His first book of poems, Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press. His other poetry books, broadsides, and chapbooks, have been published by Alternating Current Press (Songs for Oblivion), Deadbeat Press (Before and Well After Midnight), Kendra Steiner Editions (Make the Light Mine and 6 other Chapbooks), New American Imagist (In the House of the Butterflies), New Polish Beat (The Book of Absurd Dreams), Poet’s Democracy (Peering Into the Sun), and Ten Pages Press (Everything Is Permitted: e-book). His poems and prose have appeared online and in print at Blue Collar Review, Guerrilla Poetics Project, Nerve Cowboy, ZYX, Ariel Chart, Mad Swirl, Red Fez Publications, This Blog Will Save Your Life, and Yellow Mama Magazine.


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