The Only Thing I Imagine Luz Villa Admires about Her Husband’s Gun–

By Xochiquetzal Candelaria Xochiquetzal Candelaria
is the six-chambered cylinder,
the spinnable heart,
how it clicks into place,

lonely but strong by design.
She understands its negative worth,
how it holds in the dark

and withstands what is held,
how it burns and smells
of smoke when left and left and left.

Xochiquetzal Candelaria, “The Only Thing I Imagine Luz Villa Admires about Her Husband’s Gun—” from Empire. Copyright © 2011 by Xochiquetzal Candelaria. Reprinted by permission of University of Arizona Press.

Source: Empire (University of Arizona Press, 2011)

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Poet Xochiquetzal Candelaria

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Men & Women, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Tercet

Biography

Xochiquetzal Candelaria earned an MFA from New York University and has received multiple fellowships, including those from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of Empire (Camino del Sol, 2011), which poet Cathy Park Hong called “a sensuous and lucid meditation on lineage, from the haunting and mythic narratives of [Candelaria's] ancestry to her tautly drawn memories of . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Men & Women, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Tercet

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