Three Poems by Urayoan Noel

He is trying to keep it together --- He walks up to the drugstore window and pleads his case --- They will have none of it: “…not without a prescription; it’s store policy” --- By the time he plops back down on the park bench he is going in and out of consciousness: first an aura, a foreboding, a strange smell, a series of flashing lights, shifting geometric patterns, then a jolt to the back of the head, a lightning bolt ---
The passersby [ try not to stare ] just grab their coiffured dogs, pick [ at the ] falafel sandwiches, make sure their designer watches are still there, [ wound ], and walk away ---

Soon the tingling will subside and all he’ll hear is these piped-in E-Z listening drones: the cell phones generating static? the sounds of turbines? cycles of birth and death? seasons collapsing?… or just another mindless afternoon in the industrial park?



Urayoán Noel is a Puerto Rican poet, performer, and critic. He earned his B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico and M.A. from Stanford University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. He has published two books of poetry: Las flores del mall (Alamala, 2000), and Kool Logic/La lógica kool (Bilingual Press, 2005), the latter with a performance DVD. A book of his poems in Spanish - Boringkén - is forthcoming, with spoken word CD, from Ediciones Vértigo. His poems, creative essays, nonfiction, and translations have appeared in New York Quarterly, Long Shot, Pavement Saw, Rattapallax, and in anthologies of Puerto Rican, Spanish Caribbean, and Latino literature. He lives in the South Bronx, where he fronts the rock band objet petit a, and co-directs the arts organization 'Spanic Attack. See

These poems are from his book Kool Logic / La lógica kool (Bilingual Press, University of Arizona, 2005).