City Moon

By Francisco Aragón Francisco Aragon
Perfect disc of moon, huge
and simmering
low on the capital’s filthy horizon— ¡Ay,
qué luna más hermosa! she says
pushing the stroller slowly down Atocha.
And gorgeous too the firm-thighed
boys from Lisbon
a block away, who work
Kilometer Zero’s sidewalk, the neon
shoestore they lean against
cupping the flames
of passing strangers.
The sky above Puerta del Sol turns
a darker shade of blue. Who says
it doesn’t become night’s
one eye
as it scales the heavens, paling
and shrinking before it moves
across a late June sky? And below,
men persist and circle
the plaza, twin fountains brimming
over their brilliant waters. Hours
from now with the heat
waning, the same moon will spot
the figure of him
making past Neptune, the Ritz
the orange jumpsuits
hopping off trucks to sweep
and spray, hosing
down those electric streets.

Francisco Aragón, “City Moon” from Puerta del Sol. Copyright © 2005 by Francisco Aragón. Reprinted by permission of Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe.

Source: Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2005)

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Poet Francisco Aragón

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Activities, Jobs & Working, Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life

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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 Activities, Jobs & Working, Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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