Wishing to Un-See | Planted | In a Theater | Audible Patience | Tightwire | Poems Valentina Cano

tightwire Poems Valentina Cano



Wishing to Un-See

The worst image in the world

seared into flesh.

It spreads like boiling oil down my skull,

to my eyes,

to my nose,

filling it with the stink

of old water drowning me

in a pool’s depth of sea.

For R

Your voice is like the cracking of glass,

like a silver key,

like sun on a patch of ice.

It is a knife,

all edges and light,

and I could let the roughest part

of my skin become a wetting stone.


It is smiling on a wooden floor,

slipping into it like warm water,

feet bucking and splintering,

mixing with the glue.

Rooting me down

into an upright, silent scream.

In a Theater

Her hand is pressed to your cheek

and the light dims around it.

A black hole in reverse.

Your skin prickles,

each follicle rising up to meet her.

And then it is just you,

rising out of the darkness

like a fog.

Audible Patience

She hums,

patient as an oyster forming her pearl.

A sibilant breath,

a sound carried and rolled

by her hands.

She waits for him

to wade by and pick her out.

Tight Wire

The balancing act between

a thought and its burning action

happens on a blade of grass.

I stand on it,

toes ragged like a skirt’s hem,

and try to ease a result out of you

without losing my panting center of gravity.

The Good Word

I am a peddler of doubt.

Spreading its word like seeds,

hanging its glittering ifs like ornaments

on days of the most neutral colors.


He is drenched in light

from nowhere I can see.

The room flickers on and off

like a warped television

until all I see

is his imprint lodged

like a splinter in my eye.





Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, A Narrow Fellow, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, Spark Anthology, Awaken Consciousness Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Magazine, Avalon Literary Review, Caduceus,White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prize.You can find her here: http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com  Google +