Marc Swan’s fifth collection, all it would take, was published in 2020
by tall-lighthouse (UK). Poems recently published in Sheila-Na-Gig online, Gargoyle,Steam Ticket, Coal City Review, among others. He lives in coastal Maine. His collection today can take your breath away is available from Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. https://sheilanagigblog.com/sheila-na-gig-editions-quick-shopping/marc-swan/
After the students were attacked
by the Federales in Mexico DF
and we headed north in a ’59 VW
with Julio who later became Juliette
tucked into the handwoven reed basket
from La Lagunilla Market
before she had her kittens,
long before the world discovered
student bodies buried in a mass grave,
we crossed the border into Texas
from there the northeast
settling a year later in LA.
Juliette and her spirited kitten
Balthasar are a warm distant memory.
The 50 centavos basket faded with age,
handle worn but still secure to hold,
rests comfortably on my office floor.