Joshua Garcia | Poetry
What to make for dinner, the book I’m reading,
a podcast with Esther Perel—how to stay alive in the face of adversity.
This? Me on top, him tracing my borders.
I imagine a warmth billowing in to make new shapes
from the pieces we’ve been given. Slow, he says, touching me.
I look out the window. His hips lift under me like a fog.
Hooves trod over the still-damp earth, & my mind wanders
through the cornflower out back, blue & wild.
Eros reshapes us: the self falling, resistance failing.
My little villages ablaze. I roll his pulse in my palm
like a foreign language. Steam rises from the mountains after a rain.
I begin to open like an envelope delivered between camps.
Joshua Garcia’s debut collection, Pentimento, is forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press (2024). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Georgia Review, Ninth Letter, North American Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the College of Charleston and was a 2021-22 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University. He lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.