Linzi Garcia

Linzi Garcia
4 Poems

When the Street Poets Come to Town

The street poets arrive
unannounced,
read in Olivia’s small
town rented house,
seek something

like rest for a night
before another long drive.

They live in
residencies and on
the road, and Olivia wonders

how long it’s been since
their last home-cooked meal.

Andrew cooks for his
family and guests: coffee,
biscuits, gravy, eggs the way
each likes them.
The poets spin tales
of crossroads and devils,

candy mountains and
women, of all the books
written between gas stations.
The poets refuse to sleep

in beds and insist their own blankets
and the wooden floor are enough.

The poets don’t turn the lights out
when they sleep

or say goodbye before they leave.

 
Still Tangled in Your Streets

I.
In your
riverside
city, my heart
beat sounds
different.

II.
My heartbeat
sounds different
when the weather changes.

III.
When the
weather changes,
the water
still
sounds
the
same,
and
I am
still
swimming
along your shore.

IV.
I am still
swimming
along your shore.

You are still searching
the fabric of your streets
for my hair tangled
in its fray.

 

 

Jax Green Settles In

Jax tapes posters
to his bedroom walls.
Under superheroes,
he builds a nest
for his stuffed animals,
friends who follow him
move after move.

 

 

Fishing
(erasure poem from Richard Brautigan’s novel
Trout Fishing in America)

Dear
most wanted
guy –
ruddy
white
(red?) hair
clean-cut,

walk along
to work,
auto
body
muscular.

I
saw pictures,
wanted 180
pounds of scar
and tattoo,
wanted to
read
all of it.

 

  • A review by Roy Beckemeyer of Live a Great Storya collaborative project by Jase Buck & Linzi Garcia is now available.

Linzi Garcia can be found frolicking through fields, cemeteries, and bars across the states, gathering poetry along the way. She is pursuing her master’s in English at Emporia State University, where she works with Bluestem Press and as the assistant to former Poet Laureate of Kansas Kevin Rabas. Linzi also works as a reporter for The Emporia Gazette. She is always looking to invest time in new places where she can absorb new perspectives.