“Eating Migas”

A Poem by Anthony Cody

October 26, 2020  By Anthony Cody

The anvil of my ear believes
We have ordered insect.

I project hormiga in Texas,
Large bloated delectable

Without fear of a thorax
Collapse raising a galaxy

Of crumbs, or a raindrop
Currenting diente

Labyrinth the throat.
A resurrection of ant.

Bootstomp. Fire.
Flood. Insecticide.

The erasure is jaula.
A pendulum,

A slow rattle
Racked in situ.

The architecture
Is in the mandible.

Comemos las migas
But we never talk

Of meal. Sabemos
Que cada cosa

Cambia cuando
Queremos creer.

This is how
We eat. Yes.

How ancient
The ant. Complicit

tangling of flame.
Equipped to consume

And stridulate. Unknown
populous. A scrutiny

To antennae the semblance
Of molecule. Of meat.


Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha

Excerpted from borderland apocrypha by Anthony Cody. Excerpted with the permission of Omnidawn. Copyright © 2020 by Anthony Cody.

Anthony Cody
Anthony Cody
Anthony Cody is the author of Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn, April 2020), winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize selected by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry. He is a CantoMundo fellow from Fresno, California with lineage in both the Bracero Program and Dust Bowl. His poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, The Boiler, ctrl+v journal, among others. Anthony is a member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle and co-edited How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology. He is a recent MFA-Creative Writing graduate from Fresno State where he continues to collaborate with Juan Felipe Herrera and the Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio. Anthony has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, and Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference. He provides communication support to CantoMundo, and serves as an associate poetry editor for Noemi Press.

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