Two Poems by Daniel Flores y Ascencio

BOMB 24 Summer 1988
024 Summer 1988
William Anastasi, Untitled, 1987, photomural with graphite and white correction fluid, 7 feet 6 inches × 4 feet 5 inches. Courtesy of Bess Cutler Gallery.

William Anastasi, Untitled, 1987, photomural with graphite and white correction fluid, 7 feet 6 inches × 4 feet 5 inches. Courtesy of Bess Cutler Gallery.


My contradictions
Come neither from desperation
Nor frustration or
Confrontations with an opponent
But with a contesting bystander

I like you
Your world repulses me

                Absolute refusal to be anything
                (My nationality is)
                But my own suspicion

Your beauty
Is questionable

                Morose encounter
                My clash with your victory

Revolution is attraction
Malice of another kind
Whimsical delight

Our meetings
Pleasant encounters that is all

                Unsatisfactory sympathies
                Nonexpanding feelings
                Subjugated world

Our goodbyes

                Deliberately binding generations
                Of yet unconfined El Dorado

Desperately liking you

Worshipers of stars
Searchers of worlds
Living metaphors

                I’m nothing but your damned dream of America

Dissolute enchantment

                Unborn commuter through time
                I trust you as much as I trust myself

Painful pleasures
Unwanted satisfaction

                Soluble nostalgia
                I’m the hemlock of your nonexistence

Belligerent body
Neither of peace nor war
Your non world

                I Hate
                In another realm of love.


Mi Cuerpo

Mi cuerpo
nace del cielo
Alimentado de sangre
Mi cuerpo es aire
Con sumo de limones
Con la sencillez del horizonte
Felizmente fugaz
Haciendo equilibrio con una uña
En el eje de la tierra
Desapareciendo en el azul
De su propia constelación
Mi cuerpo
Eclipse de luna


My Body

My body
Born of sky
Fed by blood
My body is air
With a twist of lemon
With the simplicity of the horizon
Happily fleeting
Balanced on a fingernail
On the earth’s axis
Disappearing in the blue
Of its own constellation
My body
Eclipse of the moon

Daniel Flores y Ascencio is a painter, poet, and filmmaker. He was born in El Salvador and is presently living in the US where he is curating shows for Ouanday Center for the Arts. He is also working as Assistant to the Director, Roland Legiardi Laura, on Azul.

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“A writer worried about reception is cooking a dead book. A writer’s job is to produce the best possible book in absolute freedom, so the category ‘acceptable’ does not play in the process at all.”

Signor Hoffman by Eduardo Halfon

From the train I could look out onto the infinite blue of the sea. I was still exhausted, wakeful from the overnight transatlantic flight to Rome, but looking out at the sea, that Mediterranean sea that was so infinite and so blue, made me forget it all, even myself. I don’t know why.

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BOMB 24, Summer 1988

Richard Prince by Marvin Heiferman, Christian Lacroix, Sandra Bernhard by Gary Indiana, John Patrick Shanley, Gregor von Rezzori, Cristobal Balenciaga, and more.

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