Across a Table

By Steven Cordova Steven Cordova
“I’m glad you’re positive.”
“I’m glad you’re positive,

too, though, of course, I wish
you weren’t.” I wish you weren’t

either is the response I expect,
and you say nothing.

And who can blame you?
Not me. I’m not the one

who’ll call you after dinner and a movie.
You’re not the one who’ll call me.

We both know we have
that—what?—that ultimate date

one night to come, one bright morning.
Who can blame us? Not the forks

and not the knives that carry on
and do the heavy lifting now.

"Across a Table" by Steven Cordova from The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, edited by Francisco Aragón. (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2007). Used by permission of the author.

Source: The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (The University of Arizona Press, 2007)

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Poet Steven Cordova

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Love, Relationships, Realistic & Complicated

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Born and raised in San Antonio, poet Steven Cordova was educated at the University of Texas at Austin. After moving to New York City in the 1980s, he joined the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, participating in poetry workshops and forming an ongoing writing community with the writers he met there. Cordova is the author of the poetry collection Long Distance (2009), and his poetry and prose are featured in several anthologies, including . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Disappointment & Failure, Love, Relationships, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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