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FICTION AND POETRY Luis Garcia moNDAY Monday must be on fire because the blackbirds that frequent the towers of invisible palaces have given their feathers away. Please, leave the room if you think you are going to be frightened when my words become mirrors or exploding flowers. 14:2 DOI 10.1215/0961754X-2007-077 © 2008 by Duke University Press RiBBoNs Coarse grass bent toward the old man’s imagination, wind opened his eyes with what he called nature — grass, wind, sunlight, and the thoughts of an old man hoisting themselves into the air. THe BoY Morning opens like a fan. Pressure of sunlight. Intricate silences. A boy enters my room. He carries a piece of silk, and a hand of fine porcelain. Childhood, a song fifteen summers long, a sadness propped in the bright curves of the body. Plum trees blossom in the yard. Beds of iris. New grass beginning on the hills. No KiDDiNG I bent toward the grass listening for the voices someone had hidden there. I laughed when I discovered the words inside the words I had already discovered — candles of the mind, leaves nailed to a star, a mouth filled with light and gods invented by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

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