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Oscar Gonzales

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Oscar Gonzales was born and raised in Puerto Cortés, Honduras. He moved to the United States as a teenager to attend boarding school, and he received a BA and MA from Yale University. He is the author of Central America in My Heart/Centroamérica en el corazón (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2007). He has also published two poetry collections in Honduras: Amada en el amado transformada (Editorial Guaymuras, 1995) and Donde el plomo flota (Editorial Universitaria, 1994), which received Yale University’s Theron Rockwell Field Prize. Gonzales works as a human rights advocate and social scientist. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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On this voyage into the deep communion of solitude
I’ve casually come to know
the old and withered costumes of the sea;

I’ve walked carefully through the colors of copper
when the dusk has already conjured the last prayer of the day;

Through seasonal doorways
I’ve called upon the


What remains of my childhood
are the fragmentary visions
of large patios
like an oceanic green mist over the afternoon.

Then, crickets would forge in the wind
their deep music of centuries
and the purple fragrances of Grandmother
always would receive without