Karen Llagas in RHINO 2012

Raining cats and dogs here in the San Francisco Bay Area. When it rains it pours.

The Man decided not to go into the office.

A friend’s Sausalito reading, scheduled for tonight, was cancelled due to weather concerns.

So, a perfect day for self to continue making inroads into her Pile of Stuff. Today her focus is RHINO Magazine, which published her piece “Eating” in 2012.

The same issue in which “Eating” appeared has a fabulous poem by San Francisco poet Karen Llagas:

Poet Karen Llagas, reading in the San Francisco Main Library, October 2012

Poet Karen Llagas, reading in the San Francisco Main Library, October 2012

Tamayo’s Animales

by Karen Llagas

Two dogs bark at a moon that mocks
the little it takes to give them pleasure.

Or, two dogs laugh at something as far
as the moon, at how little it takes
to give them pleasure.

Their eyes smolder chili and charcoal,
letting the world know

not what but that they want,
Here in the beginning of the world,
three polished, symmetrical bones —

because to be an animal is to glow with hunger
for what is discarded, or lost.

Isn’t that beautiful? Gave me chills. There’s more, but self is not sure if she can put the entire poem on the blog without violating some sort of copyright. So she will just link to RHINO 2012 here.

About Karen Llagas: Her first collection of poetry, Archipelago Dust, was published by Meritage Press in 2010. She has an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and a BA in Economics from Ateneo de Manila.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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