from postterrain [5]
Craig Santos Perez



blank maps

don't exist


or have we reached the place to

voice rising


let me see your hands: a commonplace

a lineage all the way

to the sun


there appear 'instants'                 between word and


word                                     'vein'


you say 'story exists in every          thread'


yet no one gave us instructions on how to prepare them


you say listen

to the sound of underground


water                                         is it 'tangible' 'definite' 'calling'


blank masks

don't exist


you say place your hands under the water


yet the water


through our hands






Craig Santos Perez, a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guahan (Guam), is the co-founder of Achiote Press and author of two poetry books: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008) and from unincorporated territory [saina] (Omnidawn Publishing, 2010). He received the Poets & Writers California Writer’s Exchange Award in 2010. His poetry, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in The Iowa Review, New American Writing, Pleiades, The Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others.