David Joez Villaverde

How sometimes our bodies grow and our minds don’t follow. And what was his overwhelmed aunt to do but move in with his Pentecostal mother. What was left to be done but pray. What could he do but sleep. His never-photographed cousin babbling lullabies to lull him to the dull dark of slumber. 

Glossolalia

He sang the story of how he woke on his mother’s couch to crumbs raining down from a hand in a cage. How his eye twitched and greeted the hungover morning. The happy puppet in the cage speaking in tongues. How this is a real condition and I can look it up if I want to. Angel Man Syndrome, spelled how it sounds. How sometimes our bodies grow and our minds don’t follow. And what was his overwhelmed aunt to do but move in with his Pentecostal mother. What was left to be done but pray. What could he do but sleep. His never-photographed cousin babbling lullabies to lull him to the dull dark of slumber. 

You can hear a song without listening to the words. You can project meaning onto the melody. I heard my own song. That we are caged. That we are trapped with families who can never understand us, or us them. That we wake to the absurd suffering of the world and gladly choose anything else, praying for tongues of flame to dance over our heads and fill us with unseen holiness. But what he sang was different. Our pain not as hook but punchline. That in cleverness, freedom. We being enclosed. We being sung to. This being the song of the prisoner who has grown to love his cage.

Tiny Spills

Tabs open on my screen right now:
– 8 Wikis: Altazor, Phillumeny, Abjection, Galvarino, Hokkien, Glossary of leaf morphology, Drownings at Nantes, and Fantomas contra los vampiros multinacionales
– 6 Essays: For the Sake of People’s Poetry by June Jordan, The Blues: A Craft Manifesto by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Some Lines from Whitman by Randall Jarrell, A Bleed of Blue by Amy Key, A Match Flaring up in a Dark Universe by Sandra Alcosser, Rich Musical Honking by Darina Sikmashvili
– 5 Poems: Into the Dusk-Charged Air by John Ashbery, 52 Trees by Rob Schlegel, Hypochondria, or the Disease by Brenna Womer, Three Poems by Luther Hughes, and Melody: The Story of a Child by Mary Ruefle.
– 3 Definitions: Agonal, Plenum, Remissio
– 1 Book Review: Untranslatable Voices: Vickie Vértiz Writes Los Ángeles in “Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut” by Isabel Gómez
– 1 of favorite flash stories of all time an absolute marvel: Dog Eaters by Angie Sijun Lou

Your sign: Aries, Leo Rising, Pisces Moon

What should we know: I write poetry and flash and little things because I have the world’s shortest attention span and also am extremely lazy.

Best book nobody talks about: Scrimmage of Appetite by Jon Davis. Any book by Jon Davis really. Davis’s prose poetry I think falls under or through the porous label of flash, and he’s one of the greats, a consummate master who is criminally under appreciated. Read him.