Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

         Two Poems

by Greg Candela


Big Mouth


Black Bass
all muscle
and mouth
breach
spit and
shake out
barbed
hooks


tangle
in weeds
then
snap
filament
line.


Italian
immigrants
now ghosts
float
through the
cavernous
mother
factory


Oily grit
rammed
under
their
fingernails
between
clenched teeth 




washed
down
huge
throats by
home made
red wine
heavy
with
sediment.
 
Nonni*
busted their
gnarled knuckles
on GE
locomotive 
turbines.
Their
grandchildren
court (then wed)
English-Irish girls
above the
Mohawk

on the
bridge
between
Little Italy
and
Becker
Street in
Schenectady.

 Nonni is Italian for Grandfathers

Coming Home

a deserted
kindergarten
the chairs
so small
the gray lumps
of clay
from which
children
constructed
drooping
dinosaurs
that lacked
stone
bones
the other shore
deserted
homes
built
rebuilt
gutted
ghosted by
divorce
i grew up
met you
downed
the one
acrid
shot of
immortality

Gregory L. Candela has resided in New Mexico since 1972. He has published scholarly articles in American and African American literature, a volume of poetry (Surfing New Mexico—2001), written seven produced plays,one of which El Mozo Regresa or The Kid Returns was aired on KUNM as a radio play. He has published poems in English and Spanish. More recent publications include poems in Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry, Malpaís Review, among others A member of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, He served on the Selection Committee for Albuquerque’s first Poet Laureate and serves as a Poet in the Classroom. His second collection of poetry, Shallow-Rooted Heart, is newly published by Dos Gatos Press.