Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozabal

Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozabal, born in Mexico, lives in Southern California, and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles. His poetry has appeared in Blue Collar Review, The Commonline Journal, and Misfits’ Miscellany. His first poetry book, Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press. His latest chapbook, Make the Light Mine, was published by Kendra Steiner Editions. New poems will appear in The Stray Branch, Trailer Park Quarterly, and Vox Poetica.

Turn up the voltage 
and burn out the light bulbs.
Step off the pedestal
and conform to nothing.

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I shuffle the deck
and the world lays flat.
The bluer the sky the darker
astronomy becomes.

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I will walk on my own, stand on
my own two feet, keep my distance
always. I cannot swallow what
she attempts to serve.  I must
look out for my best interests.

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The house wants some
conversation or a song
to fill its spaces.  The night
remains quiet.  I discover
a certain jealousy. 

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