Prose Poetry: Digging for Lost Temples by David Estringel

“Thumbing through The Borderlands, I can’t help but feel not “brown” enough. I’m Mexican Lite. Got a case of the “coconuts”. There are no rageful battle-cries inflaming this breast. No bitterness lingering on the tip of the tongue (the back of hands and the starch of white collars taste just the same no matter the bearer’s color). No tortured soul, longing for identity and re-appropriation. Just me and this suit of rosy-beige meat that touts my value best in the dead of winter.”

David Estringel is a Xicanx writer/poet with works published in literary publications, such as The Opiate, Azahares, Cephalorpress, Lahar, Poetry Ni, DREICH, Rigorous, Somos en escrito, Hispanecdotes, Ethel, The Milk House, Beir Bua Journal, and The Blue Nib. David received his BA in English at the University of Texas at Brownsvile and his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Currently, he is a graduate student, working on a PhD in English (World Literature), as well as a Graduate Instructor at Texas A&M-Commerce. His first collection of poetry and short fiction Indelible Fingerprints (Alien Buddha Press) was published in April 2019, followed his second and third poetry collections Blood Honey (Anxiety Press) and Cold Comfort House (Anxiety Press) in 2022. David has written five poetry chapbooks, Punctures (2019), PeripherieS (2020), Eating Pears on the Rooftop (2022), Golden Calves (coming March 2023), and Blue (coming September 2023). His new book of micro poetry little punctures, a collaboration with UK illustrator, Luca Bowles, will be released in 2023. David is also EIC at The Argyle Literary Magazine, as well as at Texas A&M’s literary magazine The Mayo Review (both launches scheduled for early 2023). Connect with David on Twitter @The_Booky_Man and his website

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