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Jesús Castillo

Jesús Castillo was born in Ciudad Valles in the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and moved to California with his family at age eleven. He is the author of Remains (McSweeney’s, 2016), and he has an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. He lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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          Dear Empire, I am confused each time I wake inside you.
                        You invent addictions.  
          Are you a high-end graveyard or a child?
                        I see your children dragging their brains along.
                        Why not a god who loves water and dancing
                   instead of mirrors that recite your pretty features only?

          You wear a different face to each atrocity.
          You are un-unified and tangled.
                        Are you just gluttony?
                        Are you civilization’s slow grenade?

             I am confused each time I’m swallowed by your doors.