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Ruben Quesada

Ruben Quesada is the author of Revelations, a chapbook of poetry and translation, forthcoming in November from Sibling Rivalry Press. He is a professor of poetry and Latinx literature in Chicago, Illinois.

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XI

One morning the spirit of my lover’s uncle returned 
there was no fanfare no terror only a blue silhouette 

translucent above our bed growing dim 
I was the sole witness to this specter quiet 

as the rising sun waking overhead I awakened 
cold to see an Aegean blue figure hovering bedside 

through his gaze and mustachioed grin 
on the other side of his face a dazzling tremolo 

of morning light streamed into this darkened space
and later that evening as we moved 

through the neighborhood streets dead with aging trees 
frozen sidewalks led us freely into the moonlight ahead