“Boy Crazy,” A Poem by Carmen Giménez Smith

From Her Collection Be Recorder

August 9, 2019  By Carmen Giménez Smith
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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.

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“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 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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