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2 Poems: Thinking I See a UFO Over the Everglades & Thinking I See a UFO Over East New York

by Ariel Francisco

Thinking I See a UFO Over the Everglades

Driving across state through Alligator Alley
heading home from a mistake— this late,
this far from city lights, a streak slashing
the star-strewn night could be anything:
a meteor wearing itself out into nothing
in the heat of atmosphere, shooting star
come loose from Earth’s childhood ceiling
and drifting down in a cold ashen heap;
an oddly shaped plane flying a little too low,
a little too fast, or... I pull over anyway,
cut my headlights, step outside and look
up in hope, an old habit. I’m not saying
I believe, I’m just saying my urge to leave
this watered place has never been stronger.

Thinking I See a UFO Over East New York

East of midnight,
at an untethered end
of the city— a sudden
brilliant fist of fluorescent
green just under the near
full moon. Even the spider
squatting on my windowsill
stops his web work
for a moment to look up
in eight-eyed wonder.


Ariel Francisco is the author of A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020) and All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017). A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Florida Review, Guernica, The New Yorker and elsewhere. The Miami New Times named him one of the Five Florida Writers to Watch in 2019.

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