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Post: “Los Fantasmas” by Brandon Melendez

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:06:35 GMT

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:06:58 GMT

There's a lot of character in both the grandmother and grandfather that makes this great. I like to think a deeper level is that the grandfather is clearly laughing/smiling while looking over the narrator from this poem.

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:18:37 GMT

I love the emphasis on music and dance in this poem - both acts associated with life and liveliness, while you write about death.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:18:09 GMT

Agreed, dwalker. There is so much life in this poem about death. It reminds me of Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gently into That Good Night" but with a more hopeful tone. Great read to kick off a thursday morning.

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:29:50 GMT

This reminds me of the Tom Waits song, Tain't No Sin... "Tain't no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones."

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:40:05 GMT

You write beautiful prose poetry! It is a hard thing to achieve, but I think you did it flawlessly. You also know how to poetically talk about cultural aspects and traditions, which I think is very important in creating your persona as a poet and writer.

Alyssa Jordan
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:32:20 GMT

Beautiful work! I particularly liked the last six lines.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 22:47:34 GMT

My favorite line is by far "He hated anything that made the music stop." I've had the pleasure of seeing this performed and I never tire of it.