Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, BOA Editions, Ltd. (APRIL) Softcover $16 (112pp), 978-1-942683-53-7
Mama never said there’d be debuts like these—a new poet who arrives with unforeseen, indescribable gifts. Over the mountains of Tijuana at age five, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s journey included an MFA at the University of Michigan—the first undocumented student ever—on to teaching positions at Sacramento State University and Ashland University
Yes, we drowned, then changed our minds, then drowned again, because we could, because no one would know the difference—
a leaf to its trembling when it is no longer a leaf but just a trembling. We splashed against the current— a zipper of palms opening and closing. We were too busy to notice that everything we touched was a little bell that was a little famous. The sun opened its curfew and song as I swam to shake the sounds of your laughter off me.