Flood: Years of Solitude

By Dionisio D. Martínez b. 1956 Dionisio D. Martinez
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)

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Poet Dionisio D. Martínez b. 1956

Subjects Social Commentaries, Life Choices

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 Dionisio D. Martínez

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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.” His books of poetry include Dancing at the Chelsea (1992), History as a Second Language (1993), Bad Alchemy (1995), and Climbing Back (2000). He has been awarded fellowships by . . .

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