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Section 4: The Concept of Inhabitance

Guillermo Filice Castro

Guillermo Filice Castro
In the Future When We Return to the Woods
You’ve gone ahead to the point of invisibility
Past a bend in this sloppy trail
And through the Longfellow pines
Comes the looping resonance of the waterfall
Wrong shoes I hear myself think
When I slip on wet mulch & rocks
I laugh too loudly still tickled
By our tribe & how some of us manage
To be so goddam implacable
Ask the weeping European beeches
Numbered & tagged by developers
Ask the tick but it cannot hear a thing
Not with its head buried in the salty hinge
Behind my right knee
I’d say ask the rough black bear that reached
Into our bird feeder on its haunches
He ran away without an encore
After a standing ovation involving pots & an old iron
The hummers buzzed their answers early
This morning when our phones went dumb
While someone whose brain went dark
Jumped off a factory roof as night fell in China
In this future when we return to the woods
With a nascent ability to brood less I hope
I’ve caught up with you & pleasure
Drawing me under the cold water
Breaking over our heads with such brawn
As if to render us naked once & for all
Guillermo Filice Castro is a poet and photographer. He’s the author of Agua, Fuego
(Finishing Line Press, 2015) and a 2013 recipient of an Emerge-Be-Surface fellowship from the Poetry Project. His work is featured in Assaracus, Barrow Street, The Brooklyn Rail, Court Green, The Bellevue Literary Review, Hinchas de Poesía, LaFovea, Quarterly West, Sunday Salon Zine, and more; as well as the anthologies Rabbit Ears, Flicker & Spark, Divining Divas, My Diva, Saints of Hysteria, and others. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, appear in Guernica, Terra Incognita, U.S. Latino Review, and Visions. Some of his images appear in Sunday Salon Zine and Canopic Jar. In 2012 his work was a finalist for the Andrés Montoya prize. Castro lives in New York City.




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