Welcome back our Fall 2021 poetry contest winner David Estringel with two poems, “The Healing Clock” and “The Yawning Grave.” Both are moving laments on the death of his mother, vulnerable and wistful. When we lose someone dear to us, their daily rituals and the objects connected with them become invaluable, allowing us to hold onto our memories and feelings and to process our grief. David weaves pain and joy into a fabric of intense beauty. We feel the dust in the corners, precious and painful. We smell the raw earth of the grave, with a promise of new life but no way to return to the old.
Read these evocative poems in Synkroniciti’s “Ritual” issue, Vol. 4, No. 1, available now. Subscribe or purchase the individual issue here.
David Estringel is a Xicanx writer/poet with works published in literary publications, such as The Opiate, Azahares, Cephalorpress, Lahar, Poetry Ni, DREICH, Rigorous, Somos En Escrito, Hispanecdotes, Ethel, The Milk House, Beir Bua Journal, and The Blue Nib. He has published two collections of poetry and fiction, Indelible Fingerprints(2019) and Blood Honey(2022), followed by three poetry chapbooks, Punctures(2019), PeripherieS(2020), and Eating Pears on the Rooftop(coming 2022). His new book of micro poetry little punctures, a collaboration with UK illustrator, Luca Bowles, will be released in 2022. Indelible Fingerprints and Blood Honey are available for purchase now on Amazon.com.
Connect with David on Twitter @The_Booky_Man and his website www.davidaestringel.com.