First a gunshot then the sirens

murdering sleep at three a.m.

Beyond the sill an urban gulf

and fear greater than for oneself.

There is no war of us and them

in the eternal Barrio,

only a desperate status quo.

Worse, after all that noise, the silence.




Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. His book of translations from Sappho, Stung With Love, was published by Penguin Classics in 2009, and his translation of Apollonius’ Jason and the Argonauts was released October 2014. His first book of original poetry, The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press) was published in 2012, and his thriller in verse, Mr. Either/Or, will come out with Etruscan Press in Fall of 2017. His work has appeared in such journals as The Guardian, Poems Out Loud and POETRY. Website: aaronpoochigian.com. Facebook: Aaron Poochigian. Twitter: @Poochigian.