Ariel Francisco

Ariel Francisco is a first generation American poet of Dominican and Guatemalan descent. He is currently completing his MFA at Florida International University where he is the editor-in-chief of Gulf Stream Literary Magazine and also the winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Tupelo Quarterly, Washington Square, and elsewhere, and his chapbook “Before Snowfall, After Rain” is available from Glass Poetry Press. He lives in Miami, FL.

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PROGNOSIS, MIAMI

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A city in flux is no place

to call home. The skyline

is a cloudscape building

to a storm the way it shifts

and grows, expanding into

something that eventually

will fall, give way to blue.

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SINKING CITY

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Beyond rescue, Miami is a

cruise ship lost at sea with no

lifeboats, throwing an all night

dance party, music and stamping feet

drowning out the sound of taking

on water— but no,  not lost,

the sea knows exactly where it is.

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IMAGINING MIAMI BEACH UNDERWATER

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Ocean Drive lives up to its name,

clusters of fish eggs cling to the curb

of the sidewalk that’s slowly blushing

with the growth of coral, waiting

to hatch in the safety of these shallows.

Famed art deco replaced by fire coral

and colorful parrot fish, neon lights

restored by pulsating swarms of moon

jellyfish, lighting up like a Saturday night.

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