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Melissa Andrés



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Ringling Museum Gardens

Melissa Andrés, originally from Holguin, Cuba, arrived in the

United States at the age of six. She grew up in Florida (Miami and Sarasota), but has lived in New York and Europe. She has worked as an educator and taught English as a second language. She holds a BA in International Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. 

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Chicago Quarterly Review,

Other Side of Hope,

ArLiJo, Laurel Review, Rattle Magazine, Ligeia Magazine, San Antonio Review, Inkwell JournalBurningword Literary JournalMER, and elsewhere. When she is not writing, she enjoys painting with oil on canvas.


The Poisoned Horse

An egret perched on a cow

     watched my uncle ride his horse

          in a gallop as he held the reins

with one hand and covered

     his glass eye with the other. 

The hooves left marks on our land,

     imprints of hardened keratin

          with fresh notes of joy in abundance, 


Ligeia Magazine, Fall of 2020

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