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By Dionisio D. Martínez

To the one who sets a second place at the table anyway.   


To the one at the back of the empty bus.


To the ones who name each piece of stained glass projected on a white wall.


To anyone convinced that a monologue is a conversation with the past.


To the one who loses with the deck he marked.   


To those who are destined to inherit the meek.   


To us.


“Flood: Years of Solitude” from Bad Alchemy. Copyright © 1995 by Dionisio D. Martínez. Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Source: Bad Alchemy (W. W. Norton and Company Inc., 1995)

Poet Bio

Dionisio D. Martínez was born in Havana, Cuba and now makes his home in Tampa, Florida. Although Martinez never received a formal college education, his poetry has been hailed as original and contemporary, and he has been called a “formidable talent.” He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation.

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