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FIRE STARTER Aquarius Plateau— Monsoon Season, Wayne County, Utah It wasn’t my wild child’s choice to be married, for 45 days, to the hard-end of Utah— Days on broil, forced hikes, sandstones, monotones, alkali dust, jumping cholla (those angry cacti), rattled snakes, egos all but erased by rank— Mouse Coyote Buffalo Eagle, tarp under, tarp over for sleep, baptized by moonlight and monsoon, slaked with befouled water, sated by grimed blocks of white cheese. No, this was not his choice, this wilder place, but it was in his best interests, to follow instructions, verbatim, to acquire the wisdom of Fire-Starter— To force fire by heart-wood, camp-cord, and cow-bone, fire for solace, for hot food, for warmth, for keeping the night’s things and four-leggeds shadow-bound. How long does it take to force fire like this? Well, how strong are you? How dry is your tinder? What is the weather? You ask— What were his crimes? If I told you that I was trying to save a life, would you believe me? That I cried every night about that tarp, the wind, the snap of the cord that released the waters that funneled onto the head of the one that I’d held love-fast to my breast? Wasn’t this reprieve for both of us?

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Profile for Embajadoras Press, La Presa

La Presa Issue 10, Fall 2020  

LA PRESA, published by Embajadoras Press, is a literary journal of poetry and short fiction, articles, essays, and other prose genres, in En...

La Presa Issue 10, Fall 2020  

LA PRESA, published by Embajadoras Press, is a literary journal of poetry and short fiction, articles, essays, and other prose genres, in En...