Reader Profile: Angela Narciso Torres
Angela Narciso Torres’s first book of poetry, Blood Orange, won the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Recent work appears in Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, and Cream City Review. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, and Midwest Writing Center. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in Chicago, where she teaches poetry workshops and serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO.
Check out Angela’s website, right here: www.angelanarcisotorres.com
Angela will be reading for us at Marble Room XI, friends. This Sunday, April 13th, starting at 4:00pm! Snacks, drinks, poetry, prose, all for $5 at the door. Check out one of Angela’s poems below!
Entre Chien et Loup
More than tearing open the cream envelope
or hearing the shush of linen paper
between eager fingers, more than the rush
of ink-spattered words, there’s the waiting—
or so romantics tell us, that expansive breath
held as if underwater for what seems forever,
each cell filled to bursting with oxygen—
for a lover’s letter to arrive. Like that cold
January dreaming of your first kiss, lips
parted half-asleep in class or practicing
scales on the piano, something inside
ripens to almost breaking. Anyone
observing how magnolia buds flush
before they speak in white flame
will recognize the wish to linger
in airports or train stations, prolonging
that final glimpse, or the urge to pause
on a bridge watching dusk’s vacillations.
Entre chien et loup, the French say,
implying that all we know of heaven
is the eyelash between day
and night, between dog and wolf.
Angela Narciso Torres
from Blood Orange
Originally published in Cream City Review