"David Martinez is like an algebra problem invented by America—he's polynomial, and fractioned, full of identity variables and unsolved narrative coefficients. . . . Hustle is full of dashing nerve, linguistic flair, and unfakeable heart."—Tony Hoagland
The dark peoples with things:
for keys, coins, pencils and pens our pockets grieve.
No street lights or signs,
no liquor stores or bars,
• nly a lighter for a flashlight,
and the same-faced trees,
similar-armed stones and crooked bushes staring back at me.
There is no path in the woods for a boy from the city.
I would have set fire to get off this wilderness but Palomar is no El Camino in an empty lot,
the plastic dripping from the dash and the paint bubbling like a toad's throat.
If mountains were old pieces of furniture,
I would have lit the fabric and danced.
If mountains were abandoned crack houses,
I would have opened their meanings with flame,
if that would have let the wind and trees lead my eyes or shown me the moon's tiptoe on the moss—
as you effect my hand,
as we walk into the side of a Sunday night.
David Tomas Martinez has published in San Diego Writer's Ink , Charlotte Journal , Poetry International , and has been featured in Border Voices. A PhD candidate at the University of Houston, Martinez is also an editor for Gulf Coast.
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About the Author
David Tomas Martinez: David Tomas Martinez has published in San Diego Writer's Ink, Charlotte Journal, Poetry International , and been featured in Border Voices. A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston, Martinez is also an editor for Gulf Coast.
Table of Contents
On Palomar Mountain
To The Young
Sabbath Fe Minus
California Penal Code 266
In Chicano Park
The Only Mexican
Rest in Motion
The Sofa King
The Cost of it All
Forgetting Willie James Jones
This Bird Chest Holds a Bird’s Heart
They Say I Teach English, I Say
A Sunday March
The Mechanics of Men