Garbage Truck

By Paul Martínez Pompa Paul Martinez Pompa
After it lifts the army-green, stuffed
dumpster over its head and the trash
falls to the receptacle, it hulks
backward with a cadenced beep as if
to say, get out the fucking way, please.

Paul Martinez Pompa, "Garbage Truck" from My Kill Adore Him. Copyright © 2009 by Paul Martinez Pompa. Reprinted by permission of Paul Martinez Pompa.

Source: My Kill Adore Him (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009)

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Poet Paul Martínez Pompa

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Activities, Jobs & Working, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life

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Born and raised in suburban Chicago, Paul Martínez Pompa earned his BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago and his MFA in Creative Writing at Indiana University, where he also served as poetry editor for the Indiana Review.
Martínez Pompa’s first book of poetry is entitled My Kill Adore Him (2009). According to the University of Notre Dame Press, the title is “a homophonic translation of the Spanish . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Jobs & Working, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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