Fall/Winter 2014

Floyd Salas


I have two pens
more than enough to write with
about the force that hurts inside
that tragic beauty of the love mistrusted
like fate
conquers all
The bay roils
with glistening meaning

Her hair is a harp in wind
The long coils billowing
that dark secret sound
of sexual affinity
the reason
for being

Wind blows sweetly
Its song is in the violin
strumming the sunlight
There's only this
Death is an illusion
which only speaks once

Sing song of myself
Sweetness is in the heart's tug
all else
is only substance
and survival
Only spirit sings
one long song
in the blue air

Floyd Salas, recipient of NEA and California Arts Council fellowships among other awards and honors, is the critically-acclaimed author of four novels, a memoir and two volumes of poetry. His novel, Tattoo the Wicked Cross, earned a place on the San Francisco Chronicle's Western 100 List of Best 20th Century Fiction. Tattoo the Wicked Cross and his memoir Buffalo Nickel are featured in Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature (HarperCollins 1994).



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