Published On: Sat, Nov 5th, 2016

Emerging Voices: Pequeño Ruido by Isa Guzman

Pequeno Ruido (Small Noises)


Language lingers as a cleaver
stuck to the bone of a cow’s thigh.



Reaching into one’s own chest
to pluck unripe quenepas,
praying for a single full sentence.


El Amor de Mango/The Love of Mango

Our skin of mango leaves
redden in anticipation
of a heart’s first beat.


La Luna Borinqueño/Borinquén Moon

The sky is nothing but an eye
colliding into a pool of blood,
passing sensually from cell to cell.


Manos Borinqueño/Borinquén Hands

Swollen hands of stone
make small sounds at night:
their clap sounds like coqui.



img_0001-1Isa Guzman is a poet from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Invading the invisible borders of his mind, he writes to explore his puertorriqueñidad in all its rich history and personal testimony. He recently received his B.A. in English Literature from Hunter College. He has been published in several magazines, including The Same Magazine, Symmetry Pebbles, Inclement Poetry, Tribe Magazine, and Underground Voices; and is also the recipient of The 2016 Edith Goldberg Paulson Memorial Prize for Creative Writing. He is currently working on his first collection of poems.


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Emerging Voices: Pequeño Ruido by Isa Guzman