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WINTER 2021-22


David Scronce


Las Quince Letras: a restaurant

Around the corner from a convent

Situated in Oaxaca

Quite close to Santa Domingo.

Umbrellas, no, a shaded patio,

Incense of mole as you enter,

Nostrils flaring from the chilis

Celia burns on her comal.

Enrique pours another round—

Liquor from the wild agave

Entrances travelers to this town.

Termagant tamed, the arrogant humbled.

Ricochet of shot off

Adobes all around.

Silence is no celebration.


David Scronce is the author of the chapbook Letters to Liam. He has an MFA from the writing seminars at Bennington College.  His work has appeared in Poetrybay, 5AM, Alabama Literary Review, Bayou, Confrontation, GW Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Minetta Review, The Monarch Review, Permafrost, Portland Review, Rhino, Salamander, Spillway, Verdad, and Westview. David recommends Oaxaca to anyone who loves great food and nightly street parades.