Joseph Rios – First Grade

Joseph Rios First Grade When Josefo got there, the kittens laid in pieces. Some here, there. He found dirt dusted hind parts. Black hair. Tails. Little feet like pinky fingers, soft velvet ears and bit halves of terrified faces. What blood remained, the droplets rolled away and grabbed onto the dust. Without wailing or crying, Josefo touched each of the pieces. He crouchedContinue reading “Joseph Rios – First Grade”

Joseph Rios – Even at the Landscape Supply

Joseph Rios Even at the Landscape Supply I’m mourning my dead, again,sitting in line with a 75 Chevythat always smells like my father.I pull up onto the platform scalewhere I am to be measuredby a man with a flopping neon vestand no front teeth. I ask himwhat’s best for a driveway.He goes on for aContinue reading “Joseph Rios – Even at the Landscape Supply”

Joseph Rios – Death of Josefo (Part 2)

Joseph Rios Death of Josefo (Part 2) Josefo is writing a poem sitting on his dad’s lawnmowerdrawing diagonal lines over a client’s backyard.The Fresno heat comes up from the groundand into your nostrils like a worm reaching out of from the soilfor the claws of a sparrow. And maybe Josefo is the sparrowand never beenContinue reading “Joseph Rios – Death of Josefo (Part 2)”

Joseph Rios – Death of Josefo (Part 1)

Joseph Rios Death of Josefo (Part 1) Josefo is a teenager climbing a ladderwhile he snaps this pic of his grandfatheron his new flip phone. He walks over to the tarpcovered swamp cooler. The roof crunchesunder his feet but he can still hear his grandpashouting directions while scraping the ladderagainst the camelias. Their petals areContinue reading “Joseph Rios – Death of Josefo (Part 1)”

Joseph Rios – Ephraim Goes With Me to the Dump

Joseph Rios Ephraim Goes With Me to the Dump Gallo Wine was the only one to survive on Clovis.They take loads of all-green for twenty bucksand turn it into fertilizer that feeds cheap wine.I’m doing my part. We got layers of leaves indifferent stages of rot. The stiff metal rakes areour best friends as theContinue reading “Joseph Rios – Ephraim Goes With Me to the Dump”