Your Voice

By Francisco Aragón Francisco Aragon
Amazing the mood it's put me in.
And the sky's tint at this hour—out
on my own, occasional hum or zip

of a car, August the summer month
half the city splashes about
the Mediterranean, or north:

the beach at Donostia a jewel
—its Paseo the lip of a shell to walk.
It's hearing you what really pulls

me in, soft this interior punch,
recalling the sheen of your brow—we'd talk
with our limbs, the Liffey below, have lunch...

Re-lived this evening on the phone;
the pitch of your Dublin tone.


Francisco Aragon, "Your Voice" from Glow of Our Sweat, published by Scapegoat Press. Copyright © 2010 by Francisco Aragon. Reprinted by permission of Francisco Aragón.

Source: Glow of Our Sweat (Scapegoat Press, 2010)

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Poet Francisco Aragón

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Relationships, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Sports & Outdoor Activities

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Poet, translator, essayist, editor, and San Francisco native Francisco Aragón studied Spanish at the University of California at Berkeley and New York University. He earned an MA from the University of California at Davis and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame.

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SUBJECT Relationships, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Sports & Outdoor Activities

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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