Ariel Francisco


Cold pizza for breakfast

again, another night wasted

in sleeplessness. I live

like a parasite—happily,

says Tu Fu, and I think

I have the first part down,

struggling with the second.

Overhead, the moon’s out,

heirloom of the night, a light

someone forgot to turn off.


Ariel Francisco is a first generation American poet of Dominican and Guatemalan descent. He is currently completing his MFA at Florida International University where he is the editor-in-chief of Gulf Stream Literary Magazine and also the winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Tupelo Quarterly, Washington Square, and elsewhere, and his chapbook “Before Snowfall, After Rain” is forthcoming from Glass Poetry Press. He lives in Miami, FL.