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By Alex Z. Salinas

There was once a writer who killed so many folks in his stories that he got the idea to try it himself. He was a paranoid type so it took him months of planning. He accomplished his task; cleanup was a doozy. Beyond that I can’t say more. He discovered for himself that life’s cheap. He changed his name to Larry Rios and stopped writing fiction. He began writing persona poems about a sword-swallowing frog named Yuks. Larry, a divorcee, felt liberated about his transformation to poetry. He knew nobody took Chicano poets too seriously. Good. He kept his profile low.

 

Bio: Alex Z. Salinas lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of WARBLES, a full-length poetry collection from Hekate Publishing (2019). His short fiction, poetry and op-eds have appeared in various print and digital publications, including in Punk Noir Magazine, and he serves as poetry editor for the San Antonio Review. He holds an M.A. in English Literature and Language from St. Mary’s University.
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