Jack Nicholson’s Face By Alex Z. Salinas

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Jack Nicholson’s Face

By Alex Z. Salinas

 

The Shining. Jack Nicholson chatting with Lloyd the bartender. A ghost. Two ghosts, really. Spectral negotiations. Plastered on the screen: Jack Nicholson’s wolfish grin. Arched eyebrows—fiendish, psychotic. Face of a future killer. Face of an imminent ax wielder. Face of a favorite son. Rugged, riveting, renowned—America’s face. Bargaining with no chips. Inventing rules. Commiserating ghouls. There’s a story here, its pagan energy so authoritative it sends, for a few seconds, shivers up Larry Rios’ spinal column. He will never write it. It’s not for anybody else to write, either. This unprinted story of Jack Nicholson’s face dies with Larry.

Bio:
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.

Bandages By Alex Z. Salinas

Alex z Salinas, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

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Bandages

By Alex Z. Salinas

 

Food for thought: if you disappear Harry Houdini, you earn Loki’s adoration for eternity. If you reinvent the wheel of passion, you twist romance poems into horror memoirs. If you cast the laws of brotherhood into fires of deconstruction, you marinate your conscience in ponds of resurrection. If you read every book in the world but don’t publish one, you are the Eyes of Big Brother, a creaking shelf in the Library of Babel. If you’re a poet without a pen or phone, scratch your verse into your palms. Larry Rios has four boxes of bandages stored in his medicine cabinet.

Bio:
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

Tango By Alex Z. Salinas

Alex z Salinas, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

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Tango

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.

Bio:
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.

Beget By Alex Z. Salinas

Alex z Salinas, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

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Beget

By Alex Z. Salinas

This is an almost true story. This is an almost untrue story. Money makes miracles. Miracles make money, ocean, the stars. Larvae and straight white teeth. Larry Rios takes off work, works from home. One foot in front of the other. One word after another, description of a face—The Snake-Haired Lady’s: forehead long as the desert. Skin pale like wolf-trodden snow. Tongue black as rot in the forest. He sometimes thinks he’ll escape the nightmare. Sometimes thinks he’ll avoid hell’s lash. I forgot to mention something earlier, dear reader: miracles beget miracles, but they don’t resolve the consequence of time.

Bio:
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.

 

Purple Lies By Alex Z. Salinas

Alex z Salinas, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

Purple Lies

By Alex Z. Salinas

 

Larry Rios is an expert practitioner of white lies. They’re the lifeblood of this country, he believes. For better and worse. On his way home from work one cloudy evening he ponders what purple lies might look like. Kinda like Prince, he reckons, if Prince had strutted around claiming he was six feet tall. Folks would’ve eaten that blatant shit up. Bow down, Wikipedia. Never mind that Prince was 5’3”. He’s Prince! Don’t question him. Ain’t nobody can handle regal purple lies. Ah. What a novel idea, fancies Larry. Purple lies. I’ll have to weave them into my future poetry collection.

Bio:
Alex Z. Salinas lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of WARBLES, a full-length poetry collection from Hekate Publishing (2019), and Dreamt, a limited-edition chapbook from Analog Submission Press (2020). 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.

Scream By Alex Z. Salinas

Alex z Salinas, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

Scream

By Alex Z. Salinas

A quick temperature check on social media informed Larry Rios that the state of things was like Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Uneasy and wobbly and murky, despairing; lots of loud noise, extraordinarily piercing. Larry considered the little he’d read about the Norwegian Modernist painter—an insecure wreck who’d almost drunk himself to death before a late-career spiritual turnaround. If that rascal could do it, anyone can, thinks Larry. Although, and he’s loath to admit this, screaming into one’s pillow is pretty freakin’ purifying. If you’re ever feeling hideous or lethargic—especially lethargic—grab a pillow and emancipate your throat into it.

Bio:
Alex Z. Salinas lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of WARBLES, a full-length poetry collection from Hekate Publishing (2019), and Dreamt, a limited-edition chapbook from Analog Submission Press (2020). 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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Hide by Alex Z. Salinas

Alex z Salinas, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

Hide

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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And Seek by Alex Z. Salinas

Alex z Salinas, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

And Seek

by Alex Z. Salinas

Larry Rios, a murderer, hates folks, therefore he writes poetry. He’d read Wittgenstein and Proust, hoping to get tangled between spacetime, but this was back when he penned fiction. No, Larry reminded himself, you’re an autodidactic philosopher; no one’ll ever read your stuff. Plus, you’re a Chicano poet now. Keep a low profile! Larry reveled in his skin — brown with a tint of red. His muddy green eyes won him a wife once, but the pandemonium in his brain ruined everything. “Life’s cheap,” proclaims Larry in the morning. Therefore, poems about sword-swallowing frogs. Ribbit! Larry chuckles, his refined sense of humor

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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Pressed by Alex Z Salinas

Alex z Salinas, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

If this fire ant had its way,

It’d smash this window and pry me open.

 

Can’t blame it—separated from

Swarm and nowhere to fly,

 

Everywhere starving and

Stark raving mad,

 

You’d crush the giant’s face with

Black eyes tracking delirium,

 

Watching you thrash

As he sips coffee on the other side.

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, and he serves as poetry editor for the San Antonio Review.

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