George Such

Cocinar

My bed bolts. The furniture screaks across the floor. I’m wide awake at 1 a.m. They’re called temblars, when the earth trembles and shakes, a habit in this city surrounded by volcanoes, as if to let me know my place among the ruins punctuating the streets. Last week Pacaya erupted, the lava reaching a nearby village. No one hurt. No big deal. People here are used to change, más o menos—later some fellow students climbed the mountain, toasting marshmallows at the top in the heat from the rock. And yesterday I thought the school floated—I was looking at the map of the world hung behind my teacher’s desk when I felt the sway—my imagination I thought, or the old wound to my head playing tricks with my perception. Tonight stability seems the illusion. I should go back to sleep, but my mind has turbulencia, a cloudy sopa simmering.

Author Portrait

George Such is an English PhD student at University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where he has been awarded a University Fellowship. In a previous incarnation, he was a chiropractor for twenty-seven years in the state of Washington. His poetry has appeared in Arroyo Literary Review, Blue Earth Review, Cold Mountain Review, Dislocate, and many other literary journals; his nonfiction has appeared in Phoebe. His collection of poems, Where the Body Lives, was selected as winner of the 2012 Tiger’s Eye Chapbook Contest and is forthcoming.