The Fragile Strands of Speak

Public Speaking
by Valentina Cano

I speak word after word
and find the sound weaken.
I have encircled myself with a thready tune
that fans into fibrous pulp.
It presses me in,
cloying and sweet,
like an orange’s center
crushed in a fist.

Hollow Victory

I didn’t mean to crowd you
into submission.
Of any sort.
Not the splay-legged denial
of bones and teeth,
not the weak blooded nod
of a head stiff from refusing to turn.
I was there to rip your limbs into confetti,
but it’s not possible to do
to a creature who has lost its skeleton
without noticing
in some conversation long ago.


Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014.


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I am a dreamer, as well as a doer, who lives in the North Georgia mountains. I started my publishing journey August of 2013, have had moderate success, but my utmost passion is my "daytime" job, which is working with adults who are constantly striving to better their lives as they obtain the GED credential.

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