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Poetry Heartbreaking Breathtaking

Rigel Portales

Pia, Peter, or Pete
thrifting truffles for Tristan,
methylphenidate for Miriam
& her ADHD, Angel’s HD
Olympus Mark III opening to oleanders
in Isaac’s isopropyl clarity,
Hans handing a handkerchief
over to Virgil on the verge of vomiting,
Pat patting her pistil,
Sol stabbing his stamen,
Raisa & Ralph & Ram rising
out of bed & beading sweat
& Seth seeping semen,
Kirsten coming out of her coma
for Faith & Fio & her father’s
dictionary devastated of words.

Rigel Portales is the poetry editor of Malate Literary Folio and a reader for Palette Poetry. Fortunately, his works have appeared or are soon to appear in Kritika Kultura, Nat. Brut Magazine, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal; his poetry chapbook, DEAD BOYS MAKE THE BEST MEN, is forthcoming from FlowerSong Press.