Two Poems by
Eduardo C. Corral

From Guillotine

August 27, 2020  By Eduardo C. Corral


Scrawl of graffiti,
illegible jade,

skin wax-rich,

monsoon accordion,

hitchhiker thumbing
by the intersate,

summer relic,
wind-broken, wind-

borne, Sonoran
pictograph ablaze

in cloud shadow,
glass lightning, glass

tuning fork,
green forged

into a sword, saber
or claymore,

rainwater pitcher,
ribs porous &

coral, rock-bound
welt, barbed rebozo.


“Questions for My Body”

Why are you nocturnal

How many cathedrals have you entered

Has cruelty ever saved you

Do you remember the length of his thumbs

Isn’t that enough cake

Have you ever soaked your feet in gasoline

Do you still fear the virus

How can you sleep in this heat

Is that a soul patch

Did you laugh or cry at Keat’s grave

Have you been claimed


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“Saguaro” and “Questions for My Body” from GuillotineCopyright © 2020 by Eduardo C. Corral. Reproduced with the permission of Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Eduardo C. Corral
Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He was a founding fellow of the CantoMundo Writers Conference, and recipient of a Whiting Award. He teaches at North Carolina State University.

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