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By David Martinez

"David Martinez is like an algebra challenge invented by way of America—he's polynomial, and fractioned, choked with identification variables and unsolved narrative coefficients. . . . Hustle is stuffed with rushing nerve, linguistic aptitude, and unfakeable heart."—Tony Hoagland

The darkish peoples with things:

for keys, cash, pencils
and pens our wallet grieve.

No road lighting fixtures or signs,
no liquor shops or bars,
only a lighter for a flashlight,

and the same-faced trees,
similar-armed stones
and crooked bushes
staring again at me.

There is not any direction within the woods for a boy from the city.

I might have set hearth to get off this wilderness
but Palomar isn't any El Camino in an empty lot,

the plastic dripping from the dash
and the paint effervescent like a toad's throat.

If mountains have been previous items of furniture,
I may have lit the cloth and danced.

If mountains have been deserted crack houses,
I might have opened their meanings with flame,

if that may have enable the wind and bushes lead my eyes
or proven me the moon's tiptoe at the moss—

as you impact my hand,
as we stroll into the facet of a Sunday evening.

David Tomas Martinez has released in San Diego Writer's Ink, Charlotte Journal, Poetry International, and has been featured in Border Voices. A PhD candidate on the collage of Houston, Martinez can be an editor for Gulf Coast.

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