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Alberto Blanco is the author of Afterglow/Tras el rayo (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2011).

The Parakeets

Alberto Blanco
They talk all day
and when it starts to get dark
they lower their voices
to converse with their own shadows
and with the silence.

They are like everybody
—the parakeets—
all day chatter,
and at night bad dreams.

With their gold rings
on their clever faces,
brilliant feathers
and the heart restless
with speech...

They are like everybody,
—the parakeets—
the ones that talk best
have separate cages.

From Dawn of the Senses: Selected Poems of Alberto Blanco. Copyright © 1995 by Alberto Blanco. Reprinted by permission of City Lights Books.

Alberto Blanco

Alberto Blanco is the author of Afterglow/Tras el rayo (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2011).