To Lorine Niedecker
Tell me: how does one do it, this trick: condensery? Careful cuts on the tongue after reading suggest surgical precision. Perhaps pres- sure. Like slipping a hand between fat mattress rough box spring, only dark- er. Deeper. What did Blackhawk Island teach you? If I could go there, would I see you kneeling on the shore, dipping your tea cup into the lake? Would you let me take a sip?
Ricardo Hernandez is the son of Mexican immigrants. A recipient of fellowships from Lambda Literary and Poets House, his work has appeared in Assaracus, The Cortland Review, and Newtown Literary. He’s an MFA candidate at Rutgers-Newark