Leave a comment

June 12, 2010 by The Citron Review

by Teo Martinez


I want Cuba like golden-tanned expatriotism,
Rum beliigerene in linen pants and
Wooden sandals
I want Cuba like long thoughts on empty beaches,
Empty bottles and long breaths,
Naps in the sun like short grass under bare feet
And the smell of a woman’s neck
Like tears for no reason and loneliness
Like gasoline mirages over hot asphalt
I want Cuba like childhood happiness,
Sipping cold drinks on street curbs,
Kicking bottle caps and empty soda cans,
A gust of dirt that flies into your eyes and mouth
Like a moment of panic
Uncontainable laughter like a fall you can recover from
I want Cuba like hope from helplessness
Long kisses and short goodbyes
Pain that dulls with sleep and worsens with waking
And love that fades like paper left in the sun.


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Teo Martinez has written for print and for screen, but prefers the pen and the pad. Currently working on nothing in particular, Martinez spends his days helping gay men have babies at a local fertility agency.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


πŸ‹10th Anniversary

Fall 2019 IssueSeptember 23rd, 2019
Cheers to 10 great years!

πŸ‹ Instagram

Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera's "Swiriling Debris" is in our Fall 2019 Issue. Always look both ways! #amreading #microfiction
Prolific flash writer, editor and writing teacher Riham Adly's "The Princess of Fantasistan" bubbles in our Fall 2019 issue! Riham was also shortlisted for the 2018 Arabic Literature (in English) Translation Prize. #amreading #flashfiction
Joanne Nelson, author of forthcoming memoir This is How We Leave (@vine_leaves_press) is sharing her "Leftovers" with us. Let's peak inside the fridge! #amreading #fall2019
Oregon Book Award recipient, Willa Schneberg's new poem "Shelley's Heart" is in our new Fall 2019 issue. She's published five volumes of poetry including Rending the Garment from Mudfish Books. @literaryarts #amreading #fall2019
Delight in fresh-squeezed brief literature at! Our Fall 2019 Issue features this litany of remarkable voices: Willa Schneberg, Jennifer Woodworth, Rachel Andoga, Marissa Hoffman, Joanne Nelson, JK Rogers, Melissa Knox, Riham Adly, Eleanor Levine, Ronald Hartley, Timothy Reilly, Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera, Mary F. Morris, Frances Gapper #amreading #fall2019 #citronstories
Happy 10th anniversary to our readers and contributing writers! What's your #CitronStory? If you're a contributing writer, post your story on social media. Readers, post your favorite stories on social media too. Be sure to include #CitronStories #TheCitronReview #onlinejournal #briefliterature #celebratingtheshortform #cheersto10years #tellyourstory #amreading

Enter your email address to follow us and receive notifications of new issues by email.

%d bloggers like this: