Emma Trelles


We are closer to the clouds here, bodies floating inside
onyx        shadow       Nixtamalero       the sensual
maneuvers of Selenicereus grandifloras and her rare intoxication.
Evening, now the place where we are perfect
nearly, meaning at the beginning again, the new moon of it.

After the Edson Smith Photo Collection Flowers

Emma Trelles is the current Santa Barbara Poet Laureate and author of Tropicalia, winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. She is currently writing a second book of poems, Courage and the Clock, and has received writing fellowships from CantoMundo and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. She teaches at Santa Barbara City College and curates the Mission Poetry Series. Also by this poet “I tell you yet again