Bright Pittsburgh Morning

By Maurice Kilwein Guevara b. 1961
This must happen just after I die: At sunrise
I bend over my grandparents' empty house in Hazelwood
and pull it out of the soft cindered earth by the Mon River.
Copper tubing and electric lines hang down like hairs.
The house is the size of a matchbox. I sprinkle bits
of broken pallets, seeded grass, fingernails, and tamarack
needles in the open door of the porch. I scratch a Blue Tip
and blow vowels of fire through the living room,
the tunneled hallway. Flames run up the wooden stairs.
I put my ear beside the hot kitchen window
to hear the crackling voices of cupboards and walls.
I flip the welder's mask:
Sun off the rectangular glass, a rose glint before the white torch.

Maurice Kilwein Guevara, "Bright Pittsburgh Morning" from Poema. Copyright © 2009 by Maurice Kilwein Guevara.  Reprinted by permission of University of Arizona Press.

Source: Poema (University of Arizona Press, 2009)

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Poet Maurice Kilwein Guevara b. 1961

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, Death, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

Poetic Terms Free Verse

 Maurice Kilwein Guevara


Poet, playwright, and actor Maurice Kilwein Guevara was born in Belencito, Colombia, and raised in Pittsburgh. He earned a BA in English and a BS in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, an MFA from Bowling Green State University, and a PhD in English and comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin. Kilwein Guevara’s poems often use overlapping voices and languages to explore the tensions and simultaneities . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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