Hispanic sonnet, or Punk sensibility by Alex Z. Salinas

Hispanic sonnet, or Punk sensibility

By Alex Z. Salinas

Chicano poetry necessitates punk sensibility.

“Necessitate” is a word choice professors may

Respect. The distinction between primary &

Higher education is critical thinking & diction.

Diction—try out this word at a party. Electrify the

Ladies. Wink wink. Guys, Irish painter Francis

Bacon revered venerable masters so mightily he

Snatched their frameworks & muddied ’em.

Chicano poetry necessitates destructive flair.

I’m truly scared to detonate how I really want to.

Scared I’ll explode in a million directions &

The shards will hint of Mexican dark chocolate.

If you make a show of reciting poems to every

Mirror, you’re ripe for the big leagues. Right as a

Bent [insert noun]. I hate punk rock, therefore am punk.  

Bio :Alex Z. Salinas lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, WARBLES and DREAMT, or The Lingering Phantoms of Equinox, both from 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.