Previous Feature: Angel Zapata

Angel Zapata was born in NYC, and currently resides in Augusta, GA. An award-winning writer, his prose collections include Flames of Quiet Light: Thirteen Tiny Tales of Love and Loss, and Son of the Exorcist: A Roddy Sanchez Crime Thriller. His poetry collections include An Offering of Ink and Feathers, and  Prayers from Crooked Spines. For a full listing of Angel’s awards and publications, please visit his Goodreads site. And, be sure to also check out his blog, A Rage Of Angel.


Keep Driving

Brake lights become
the blood of virgins
before the gas pedal
dims the glow again.

The street girls laugh.
“Fool can’t afford me,”
the brown-slick beauty
tells her friends.



The girl wipes her mouth,
actually says “ta-da” when she’s done,
climbs out of the car and vanishes.


The Clairvoyant

He’s curious.
“How much’ll this cost me?”
She leans in through
the driver’s side door,
glimpses his wedding ring.
“Everything,” she says.


The Inn and Out

Another $6,000
and she’ll have enough
to leave the city, regain
custody of her kids.

She holds a sidewalk tent sale
outside her tenement door.
The sign reads: “Come camp with me.
Hourly rates available.”


All Hail! Angel Zapata’s newest collection of poems, Prayers from Crooked Spines, is available via Goodreads.  Click on the cover art below to learn more . . .

Zapata Cover

Editor’s Note: All four of the pieces above first appeared at the boutique’s sister-site, Midnight Lane Gallery, as a part of The Midnight on the Stroll Poetry Contest. Angel received both 3rd place and an honorable mention in the contest.

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