Réquiem | poetry book (bilingual: English & Spanish)

Highgate Cemetery, London, England | © 2021, photographer: Luis S. González-Acevedo

My bilingual book of poems Réquiem is set for release by June 1, 2021.  I’ve included the Preface or Words from the Poet below as an introduction.

Words from the Poet

Réquiem is a multisubject, 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 the previous question, we must first consider the following: What is a poet?

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.

More often than not, this bipartite –yet melded– being suffers both biological death and poetic death simultaneously. On the other hand, some poets are fortunate. Their poetic deaths occur years, decades, centuries, or sometimes millennia after their biological deaths.

There is still another group of poets whose poetic deaths dawn upon them 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. However, there is another path. We simply move on to our second poet. This subsequent poet is our poetic voice and expresses our aesthetic interests for the remainder of our biological lives.

I let my first poet die after a half-century of existence. The creature you’re reading is nothing more than a poetic ghost. The first poet no longer feels, touches, smells, hears, sees, or tastes this world. I let him die and he chose to die. The first 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 first poet will reveal his novel story of a beautiful haunting.

Réquiem originally had many, many more pages than you currently hold, but many poems suffered the same fate as the first poet. What you have now will have to be enough. And, whether a second poet will come to life is still on the balance. Will this second poet be bilingual? Will the second poet choose to be born at all given what happened to the first? So many questions…

At this poetic juncture, the “writing on the wall” comes to mind, and I wonder whether it has any significance for my poetic rebirth: “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting…” (Daniel 5:25-27, NRSV)

Farewell,

The first poet of Luis S. González-Acevedo


Poetic Series: Ghostly Eyes | Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting

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Poetic Series: Ghostly Eyes | Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

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Ghostly Eyes

Ghostly eyes
draped in black, proclaiming
over midnight skies
my chronicle of a beautiful haunting.

Do you feel me tremble
with frightful love?
Do you see me tumble
like a panic flustered dove?

Do you watch and haunt me
–phantom– in my nightly terrors?
Do you spook me from a naked tree
with shadows casting horrors?


–Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting will be featured in my novel stories of a beautiful haunting… surreal in July of 2021–

–Ghostly Eyes | Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting will appear in my book of poems & short stories titled Réquiem (release date | January 2021)–


Serie Poética: Tu Faz al Madrugar | Crónica de un Embrujo Hermoso

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Serie Poética: Tu Faz al Madrugar | Crónica de un Embrujo Hermoso

por Luis S. González-Acevedo

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Tu Faz al Madrugar

Tu faz fantasmal y pálida
reflejada en el espejo
espera el tizne negro
de una belleza atrevida,
belleza espectral tras la sombra
de delineador y lápiz labial.

De madrugada comienza el ritual
que por el día al mundo asombra:

tus ojos… delineados con el color de brea
tus labios, tu lengua… diversiones depravadas,
preparando mi cautiverio con tentaciones geishas
y conquistándome con sabor a azúcar glas.


–Crónica de un Embrujo Hermoso aparecerá en la publicación de mi novela stories of a beautiful haunting… surreal en julio del año 2021–

–Tu Faz al Madrugar | Crónica de un Embrujo Hermoso será publicado en un libro de poemas e historias titulado Réquiem en julio del año 2021–

–Cuando traduzca stories of a beautiful haunting… surreal al español dentro de 2 años, Crónica de un Embrujo Hermoso aparecerá en su publicación: historias de un embrujo hermoso… surrealistas en abril del año 2022–


Poetic Series: Profile | Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting

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Poetic Series: Profile | Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

vi
Profile

…playfully on your knees…
Slide your fingertips
toward your breasts with ease
and sigh my tightening grip.

Graze your charcoal-painted nails
on snowy thighs
while marking flurried trails
with tongue and lips… ¡voracious guides!

Turn your gaze away, slightly… What profile!
Lucious strands of midnight hair
settle on your corset’s close-fit style
as you unfasten lace with skin to bare.

Play your naughty game with want and yearning
…taking me–smearing lipstick–panting…


–Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting will be featured in my novel stories of a beautiful haunting… surreal in July of 2021–

–Profile | Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting will appear in my book of poems & short stories titled Réquiem (release date | January 2021)–


Poetic Series: Bite | Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting

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Poetic Series: Bite | Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

v
Bite

Tempt me with a catlike crawl.
Shift your weight away
and gazing back, enthrall
me with each scorching sway.

Incite your playful overbite:
pierce your lower lip
and let blood in sacred rite.
Paint me with your tongue’s arousing drip.

Suffer trails of red droplets
trickling down salt-colored breasts in eager rush,
tasting skin and helping me stain sunsets
with my tongue to spike your blush.

And so, you have me –nestled in your thrusting flair,
succumbing to sway’s despair.


Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting will be featured in my novel stories of a beautiful haunting… surreal in July of 2021–

Bite | Chronicle of a Beautiful Haunting will appear in my book of poems & short stories titled Réquiem (release date | January 2021)–