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POETRY / Getting a Flat Tire on the Turnpike Just Past Hard Rock Hotel & Casino / Ariel Francisco

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I hate that I recognize the sound
of an exploding tire, yet here I am
again, leaning into another shoulder
like a good friend— it may well be.
The casino’s glow mocks me,
rising into the night like hope
so quickly dashed, and shadowed 
just beyond, the framed beginnings 
of a new guitar shaped building, big 
enough for god to reach on down 
and strum a few sad cords, for me.


Ariel Francisco is the author of All My Heroes Are Broke. A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2016, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. He lives in East New York.