by Sergio Alvarez

It is winter when I leave my home in 
the crepuscular morning. Summer when 
I return at twilight. Spring occurs 
somewhere in the in-between though I am 
not witness to it. Men, women, children, 
the old folks, policemen, doctors, writers, 
bus drivers, wage workers, mothers, veterans  
of fathomless wars remain in permanent 
state under tombstones in graveyards in Queens.
And although they are forever
unchanged in our memories, even the 
dead are not immune to metamorphosis.
We begin as atoms, molecules, corpuscles.
We acquire the stuff of life. Our clock 
guided by a persistent shock of electricity. 
When it ceases, the animate return 
to the world of the inert. Wood, earth, stone, 
steel seem unmoving when viewed from a 
distance. But enter the darkened chambers 
of the brain, heart, intestines, spleen, liver, 
the thickening highways of our veins, 
you will find that molecules devolve, dissolve, 
desiccate. In furnace flames, calcine bone appears.
Then dirt. 
Then dust.


Born in Madrid, Sergio Alvarez moved to New York City at a young age. He studied playwriting under Karl Friedman and theater at Purchase College. After college, Sergio moved to Alta, Utah where he was a dish washer, waiter, handyman, ski repairman, firefighter and free-skier. Upon his return to New York City, Sergio has alternately been a bookseller, boxer, painter, translator, graphic artist, jazz musician, and writer. He studied creative writing at Gotham Writer’s Workshop, the Unterberg Center for Poetry, the St Marks Poetry Project, and New York University. He currently splits his time living in New York and Madrid. He performs his words throughout New York City with the Inspired Word. He runs with the bulls in Pamplona.

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Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer neurodivergent people of color. We publish poetry, artwork, short fiction (beginning with Issue 3), creative nonfiction (beginning with Issue 8), and hybrid genre work (beginning with Issue 9) by emerging and established neurodivergent writers as well as essays on neurodiversity and literature and book reviews (beginning with Issue 10).

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