Tango By Alex Z. Salinas

Alex z Salinas, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

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By Alex Z. Salinas


Larry Rios once tangoed with Fate and Fortune, stunning creatures from opposite ends of the ether. But since tango’s designed for two dancers—it takes two to tango—the logic of Larry’s quasi-mythical poem was busted. However, Larry, a poet of quick solutions, titled his poem, “Tango For Three.” Boom. Conundrum solved. The thing about Chicano poetry is it giggles in the face of guidelines. Mocks the house of order and harmony. Chicano poetry’s queendom: acknowledgement then disregard; straight lines then buried stanzas; catacombs and sword-swallowing frogs. Larry considered getting a replacement pet toad. Decided his Betta fish was plenty sufficient.

Alex Z. Salinas lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, WARBLES (2019) and DREAMT, or The Lingering Phantoms of Equinox (2020), both published by Hekate Publishing. His poems, short fiction and op-eds have appeared in various print and electronic publications. He holds an M.A. in English Literature and Language from St. Mary’s University.