a poem by Lisa Marie Basile

I do not want to write
like Lorca does,

in misery.
Free me from the torture of seeing myself fruitless.
I have blood

and I am furious,
maddened, the color
of the sun. I am

nothing but prayers
and flesh, and like Lorca,
I fear becoming a barren orange tree

Lisa Marie Basile is a writer and journalist from Brooklyn, New York. She has been published in several publications, including Billboard, CosmoGirl!, Knocks From The Underground and Maxim. She has won six writing awards from Pace University's Annual Writing Contest, including 1st place Poetry and Fiction. She is graduating in December 2009 with an English Language and Literature degree along with a concentration in creative writing and has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Pace Press and as Associate Editor of Aphros Literary Journal. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Caper Journal, an online literary, art and music collection. She adores Cesar Vallejo, Jorge Louis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Albert Camus and Christine Korfhage.