“Boy Crazy,” A Poem by Carmen Giménez Smith

From Her Collection Be Recorder

August 9, 2019  By Carmen Giménez Smith

The echoes of sirens and cicadas,
and the drunk boys who howl
into the trees at 2 a.m. infect
my window while I sleep,
and I’m pulled into a girl I once was,
calling for love into a sky transected
by power lines until sunset when the town
tightened into itself. I prayed for a boy’s
wolf life, the dream of skulking along
streets with hunger and immunity.
I wanted to cup the moon’s curve
in my hand like it belonged to me,
that was how young I was.


“Boy Crazy” from Be Recorder. Copyright © 2019 by Carmen Giménez Smith. Reproduced with the permission of Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, www.graywolfpress.org.

Carmen Giménez Smith
Carmen Giménez Smith
Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and various poetry collections—including Milk and Filth, finalist for the 2013 NBCC award in poetry. She co-edited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing published by Counterpath Press. A CantoMundo Fellow, she teaches in the English department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, while also co-editing The Nation's poetry section. Her collection Be Recorder is forthcoming from Graywolf Press.

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