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The Art of Bullfighting

This is me letting you go. Float away.
           Beyond the misty shoreline. Beyond the fading sunset.

                     Finally, you have exited the dizzying tunnels in my mind.
No longer will I compare you to an out of reach rose.

           The petals have died. In spite of my open palms.
                       In spite of the relative calm. Finally, we are free.

To flee. To return the masquerade. 
           Looking for the art in bullfighting. 

                    We are wrist-deep in blood.

Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. He is the author of "The Fire Eater" (Texas Review Press, 2020) and the forthcoming "Bad Mexican, Bad American" (Acre Books, 2024). His work appears in APR, Boulevard, Poetry, The Southern Review, Yale Review, and in "The Best American Nonrequired Reading." He is an editor and creative writing teacher from Southeast Los Angeles.

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