- Parisian Needles
after Alice Rahon's Lluvia en Paris (La rue la nuit la Pluie)
A brolly can keep these dreams out,raise a heartshield for this tired,this poor, this wet of back.Never wanted to see the Sorbonneanyway. Really. Though¿would I be sufficiently blokeishto proffer cakes and ices,pedigreed to the degreethat Maseratis are pedestrian?¿And would that be enoughfor admittance—to admitAquinas was right, that the onlyway up the Great Chainis to fake a place at the top,then jump into the Nine Hells?Breathe, relieve the fear that I'mnoncosmopolitan, can onlypoint out the cracks in white marble.This romance ends without beginning—I'll hook a lock on the Pont des Arts,wish it to be the weightthat plunges this world intothe Seine, sinks itall the way to Mictlan. [End Page 34]
Edwin Alanís-García is the author of the chapbook Galería (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019). His poetry has appeared in Acentos Review, Periphery, SOMOS, and Tupelo Quarterly. He received an MFA in creative writing from New York University and is currently a graduate student in philosophy of religion at Harvard Divinity School.