Andrés Cerpa

Works Cited

From the plane, I watch clouds over the country

 as a thin coffee trembles on a tray.

The world is not dead

 & my hair grows

longer. With gloves,

 an agent images

my hands. In a seemingly forever,

 I am ordered to sit at a table

beneath a clock. Like a mountain,

 an agent reads

 every page of every book

I have carried.

 I wait.

He pins moths to the walls

 of my sleep. Autumn

ensues. Something irrevocable

 has happened.

Andrés Cerpa is the author of The Vault, longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award: Poetry, and Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy from Alice James Books. He was raised in Staten Island, NY.