About the Poems
by Albert Abonado
“Tito Manuel and a Boy Try To Escape the Invasion”: Every time I read that line about the smoke people, I think “Maybe I was watching too much Lost.”
“Tito Manuel Has A Cousin Drinking Water on the Death March:” I don't care how thirsty you are, I would not drink my cousin.
“Tito Manuel Is Not Out of the Jungle Yet:” A witch that looks like a monkey with coconuts for hands is probably overthinking this whole monkey thing. Then again, hunger makes you do strange things.
“Tito Manuel Dreams of the Author in the Jungle”: Was my uncle a real person?
“It Took Us So Long To Get Here:” Being a tourist among relatives is a generally uncomfortable experience, although it was nice to feel tall for once.