This week, we are proud to present a new poem by Cristina Correa. Correa has received awards and fellowships from the Alliance of Artists Communities, VONA/Voices, Indiana University Writers’ Conference, and Ragdale Foundation. Her writing has been or will be published in TriQuarterly, Best New Poets 2015, Vinyl Poetry, MAKE: A Literary Magazine, Western Humanities Review, Diálogo, and a forthcoming volume of essays on Latino poetics from University of New Mexico Press. Her poetry has been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Latino USA and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She is an MFA candidate at Cornell University.
This poem arose from the grief of losing my father. During his illness, his needs were very intensive and unpredictable, especially at night. Solid sleep just wasn’t a possibility. Even months after he passed, I found my evening anxieties and night terrors returning and sometimes carrying through the morning. This poem was my way of coming to terms with death, while transforming those frantic bed-bound moments into a more intentionally embodied connection to spirit or the unknowable.
My Mind Is a Long Song