Author Archives: Melinda Palacio

About Melinda Palacio

Melinda Palacio is a poet, author, and speaker. She lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans. Her poetry chapbook , Folsom Lockdown, won Kulupi Press’ Sense of Place 2009 award . She is the author of the novel, Ocotillo Dreams (ASU Bilingual Press 2011), for which she received the Mariposa Award for Best First Book at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards and a 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Her first full-length poetry collection, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting , (Tia Chucha Press 2012) was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Award, the Paterson Prize, and received First Prize in Poetry at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards. In 2015, her work was featured on the Academy of American Poets, Poem-a-Day Program. Read more of Melinda's work at www.melindapalacio.com.

A Seagull Uses the Crosswalk on Monday Morning

2599549626_17fbd0123c_zHe suffers no jokes about chickens
crossing the road or who said stop.
The bird waits for the light
to turn green, looks both ways,
then steps a webbed toe off the curb… Continue reading

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