Jonathan Andrew Pérez
Jonathan Andrew Pérez, Esq. has published poetry at a number of journals and in collections including in: Poetry Magazine, Ovenbird Poetry, K' in, Waxing & Waning, The Minnesota Review, Into the Void’s We Are Antifa Anthology, Allegory Ridge, Frontier Poetry, [PANK]’s Latinx Lit Celebration Issue, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Coffin Bell Journal, Guesthouse, Split Lip Magazine, Blood Tree Literature, TRACK//FOUR, Dovecote, Collateral, The Bookend’s Review, Hiram, Inklette, Quiddity on NPR, Rise Up Review, River Heron Review, Muse/A Journal, Projector Magazine, Prelude Magazine, and Crack the Spine.
Jonathan’s first chapbook, The Cartographer of Crumpled Maps: The Justice Elegies (2020) was published by Finishing Line Press, and his second manuscript, The Diving: Dark was the Night of Justice, won the Burnside Review Poetry Prize and will be published in spring 2021.
He is a criminal justice advocate, civil rights lawyer, professor, and has a day job as a trial attorney.
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Confession: the Buntings made a living,
despite their massive kill-offs.
took back rural roads, edges, did not hide
in the warnings we left them with
our ancestors machinery did
not stammer: witness
the plaza filled with signs:
no urbanism, no economic downturn, no crop damage.
A species of greed empires, like ladyfingers
caste from the terrible clouds
Mid-day, a species of irruption
peeled in torrential plagues.
We had a mausoleum visit
we left our brushy homey thicket,
and in abundance, peeled away the world
to find: the Buntings owned us – not, the other way around.