Maurice Kilwein Guevara Poems

Maurice Kilwein Guevara, a poet, playwright, and actor, was born in Belencito, Colombia, and raised in Pittsburgh. His works explore the complexities of immigrant life through overlapping voices and languages. With several poetry collections, including the acclaimed “Autobiography of So-and-so,” Guevara has received awards and nominations.

A Rhyme for Halloween

by Maurice Kilwein Guevara

‘A Rhyme for Halloween’ by Maurice Kilwein Guevara captures the ethereal macabre essence of the holiday in a poem that is as captivating as it is haunting.

This poem by Maurice Kilwein Guevara reveals the dazzling effect of the poet's use of magical realism within their verse. The poet takes the appearance of fantastical imagery and figurative language that renders everything in a supernatural light. The result is a poem that offers a curiously familiar but also hauntingly unnatural description of the holiday.

Tonight I light the candles of my eyes in the lee

And swing down this branch full of red leaves.

Yellow moon, skull and spine of the hare,

Arrow me to town on the neck of the air.

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