Wheel Kids


Chocolate children

race down the cul-de-sac

tight curls bounce

jeans t-shirts rise with air

clenched fists, taped bars,

tennis shoe brakes, no breaks

a shout and they cruise

out of sight of the window

bikes, scooters shake quake

skinny kid arms, legs, torsos

their skin flattens –

neighbors straight arrows

shooting stars flesh flies

bodies grow wings. 


Angie Trudell Vasquez received her MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts in May 2017. In 2016, she was a poetry panelist at Split This Rock! Her poems have been published most recently in the Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles, the San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016, Subtle Forces and Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters. She has work forthcoming in the Taos Journal of Poetry. She was nominated for a Pushcart in 2014 for her essay, "The Making of the Latina Monologues." She has her own press, Art Night Books, and will resume publishing other people’s work in 2018.

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