Poetry Submission: ‘Amidst the Collision’

by c.b. Joaquina It happened all at once. Emma was fixing herself a cup of coffee.  Klint was scrolling through his phone, trying to make sense of the world.  Rey was talking to his excited little daughter.  She was happy. It was her birthday.    It happened all at once.  We were all going about our day,  Robots controlled by our materialistic engines.  After all, aren’t we all hidden by our desire to earn,  to be captured by brilliant marketing,  to be someone of value,  to be recognized,  to be loved,  to be accepted?    It happened all at once.  We…

Of Love and Loss: Pablo Neruda at 110

by Karz Montealegre Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, who always knew what to say about love, celebrates his 110th birth anniversary this year. In celebration, let me look back on one of his best publications (and a favorite of mine), Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. First published in 1924 when Neruda was 19, the book was controversial for its erotic imagery. (Read: “I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”), but together with it is the exploration of love…