The American Journal of Poetry
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Jevin Lee Albuquerque

Urban Trout

 

Fish trippin’ over myself

The-old-reliable            50-bucker

Hotel     town      ten

Minutes            fly-fish-river

Urban               wild trout

Consumed by pike-musky

Splash              next room

Below: gold chained

            fellow

       tv’s          stereos

Door-slam-skinhead

Stairs: walking dead-meth-jesus

Blanketed, shopping cart           full

Cigarette-burned-down

Lips, greet you stares

No stars

Gang-runnin-hustle

            Hookers

Exchange your room     quick

Sheets reveal cigarette

Burns   bodies

Walls    pock-marked

Door trap         next abode

   bathroom-stained

         Outsider

Make a break for it

In time

            slide-by-meth-jesus

Into my soul

            Less this hotel

2am, drivin’ dirty

 

 

Jevin Lee Albuquerque

Shoot from the Hip

 

Neck tattoos

                        my car

 

Militia flag         gangsta

           

            stare-me-down

 

Walk over

                        Cali, eh

me-too-tats

 

            N U C K L E S

 

Gun on hip        talk

           

            Prison

 

Youth               Montana

 

 

Jevin Lee Albuquerque

Throwin'em Back

 

Nothing good happens

 

In a bar            poet

 

Thief     stoner   whore

 

                        Torn livers

 

            Trade stories

 

Mushrooms     

                        Cosmic

 

Downtrodden  

 

            D

            O        

            W

            N

            S

            T

            R

            E

            A

            M

            E

            R

            S

 

            Hoping

           

                        for

                                    one

                                                more

                                                            spawn

 

 

 

JEVIN LEE ALBUQUERQUE grew up in California, on the local pier in Santa Cruz, fishing for Striped Bass. He recently completed his first full-length collection of poetry, Long Gone. A semi-finalist in the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom competition and recent Pushcart Prize nominee, his prose and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals. Two of his works, a poem and short story, were translated by Bernard Turle and can be found in the French collectif, Poussières Du Monde (Éditions François Bourin, 2014). In a former life, he was a professional soccer player. He has a degree in Latin American Studies from UCLA. If not writing or coaching soccer, he can be found fly-fishing in Montana.

 

 

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