Vacant Blues

By Urayoán Noel Urayoan Noel
I swallow a pill but there is no cure
A city map won’t get me where I want to go
Scaling the scaffold,
mindless of the mall,
unaware of driveways
where housewives dodge the wrecking ball,
I crawl outside these vacant blues
and into the contours of your eyes

Urayoán Noel, “Vacant Blues” from Kool Logic. Copyright © 2005 by Urayoán Noel. Reprinted by permission of Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe.

Source: Kool Logic (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2005)

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Poet Urayoán Noel

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Love, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Urayoán Noel was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and attended the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Stanford University, and New York University. As a poet, Noel is the author of Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (2015), a Library Journal Top Fall Indie Poetry selection; Hi-Density Politics (2010), a National Book Critics Circle Small Press Highlights selection; Kool Logic/La Lógica Kool (2005), an El Nuevo . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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