I dedicate this poem to those who without knowing a language have had to speak it...
“Don’t spic English, I”
Father told me, “Tell them…” “I don’t speak English,” because I understood the world in Spanish. On a school day and acutely shy –ahem, ahem… Reinventing grammar, I told them: “Don’t speak English, I.” The sentence was only close to right. I could have died! But like an outsider who would NOT be defeated, my courageous little mouth and lips repeated: “Jes! Don’t spic English, I.”
“Don’t spic English, I” is featured in Réquiem, by Luis S. González-Acevedo The poem is also featured in Caribbean Poet, by Luis S. González-Acevedo
I dedicate this poem to those who have left their homeland…
My Childhood Island Fades
Palm trees fade away… Royal branches swaying disappear as my youthful Caribbean fear increases –anguish that a growing distance won’t allay. Heart of Mine wish upon a star for me to stay or in the future runaway back to my island’s shores. Over sands, I’ll wade among its waves once more: Seduced by seafoam’s wet caress and kissed by the Atlantic’s breath with winds that bind my ever-present soul ashore.
My Childhood Island Fades is featured in Réquiem, by Luis S. González-Acevedo
The poem is also featured in Caribbean Poet, by Luis S. González-Acevedo
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the story of a beautiful haunting unveils the otherworldly lives of Amaia & Áxel. Our protagonists discover a dark, yet beautiful universe that guides them through London, Chicago, Dayton’s Woodland Cemetery, Ireland’s Carrick on Shannon & Prince Connell’s Grave, Stonehenge, and finally back to London’s Highgate. In their journey, they allow us unfettered access to their relationship as we accompany them into the realm of the surreal. In the process, Áxel & Amaia embrace personal fulfillment and freedom as they defy social norms and expectations by indulging in what many only have the courage to think about in the very private, secret corners of their minds. Our couple will be drawn into a world of hauntings –beautiful hauntings– that could annihilate their existence. Undying love must be the compass that helps them navigate through the reality of fantasies, the power of black arts, the sway of magic, the inconclusiveness of death, the realm of the dead, and beyond… Will our lovers survive the threat of losing each other forever?
the story of a beautiful haunting contains suggestive, explicit, sensual & sexual language, depictions & situations.
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Réquiem is a bilingual attempt at art in Spanish and English. Though some poems in this collection allude to death directly, relate to death indirectly, or consider an afterlife, it also includes many poems that are lighter, happier, or address life in general. Why did I choose Réquiem as the title? To answer this question, we must first consider the following: What is a poet? Two creatures in one: the individual as a human & the poet as an individual. These creatures have two things in common: birth & death. The life that unfolds between these two biological events inspires, touches, scents, tunes, colors, and seasons their words. To feel, touch, smell, hear, see, and taste the essence of their words, all we have to do is read or hear them sincerely and honestly, without agenda and allowing them to rapture and possess us. Some poets suffer poetic deaths while still breathing, years or decades before their biological deaths –hence, the chosen title: Réquiem. Upon our poetic death, as poetic rigor mortis sets in, we simply wait for biological death and the comfort of being absorbed into poetic nothingness. The poet you’re reading is nothing more than a poetic ghost. The poet no longer feels, touches, smells, hears, sees, or tastes this world. I let him die and he chose to die. The poet’s death arrived with Réquiem and is possibly survived –emphasis on possibly– by his first two books of poetry: Poemas Caribeños & Caribbean Poet, as well as a work of fiction titled a future of dreams. Posthumously, the poet will reveal his novel the story of a beautiful haunting.
Réquiem es una colección poética bilingüe en inglés y español. Aunque algunos poemas en esta colección aluden directa o indirectamente al tema de la muerte o consideran temas de ultratumba, la colección también contiene poemas con temática más leve, feliz, o que simplemente consideran la vida en general. ¿Por qué seleccioné el título Réquiem para este poemario? Para contestar esta pregunta, hay que considerar la siguiente primero: ¿Qué es un poeta? Dos criaturas en una, el individuo como humano y el poeta como individuo. Estas criaturas poseen dos cosas en común: nacer y morir. La vida que se presenta entre ambos eventos biológicos inspira, toca, aromatiza, afina, colorea y sazona sus palabras. Para sentir, tocar, oler, oír, ver y saborear la esencia de sus palabras, sólo tenemos que leerlas o escucharlas sincera y honestamente, sin agenda y permitiendo que nos rapten o posean. Algunos poetas sufren su muerte poética mientras aún respiran, quizás años o décadas antes de su muerte biológica –por lo tanto, el título: Réquiem. Al llegar la muerte poética y al asentarse el rigor mortis poético, esperamos la muerte biológica y el sosiego de ser raptados a la nada poética. El poeta que les escribe ahora es un fantasma poético. El poeta ya no siente, toca, olfatea, escucha, ve o saborea este mundo. Lo dejé morir y decidió morir. La muerte del poeta llegó con Réquiem, y quizás le sobrevivan también –énfasis en quizás– sus dos poemarios: Poemas Caribeños y Caribbean Poet, al igual que su obra de ficción a future of dreams. Póstumamente, el poeta revelará su novela the story of a beautiful haunting.