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.

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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.

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Disillusion

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

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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.

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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.”

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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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