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Vacant Blues

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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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Vacant Blues

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  • Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Urayoán Noel is the author of the poetry collections 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 Día Book of the Year. He is also the author of several books in Spanish, including Boringkén (2008) and the performance text EnUncIAdOr (2014). Noel’s other works include the DVD Kool Logic Sessions (2005, with composer Monxo López), the artist’s book and web installation The Edgemere Letters (2011, with artist Martha Clippinger), and the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (2014), winner of the LASA Latina/o Studies Section Book Award and an honorable mention in the MLA Prize in Latina/o and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies.
    Noel is a contributing editor of NACLA Report on the Americas and Obsidian: Literature &...

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