THE CUTTERS OF THE WORLD
The cutters of the world cannot explain
of tedious Abuse. The Mayans cut themselves
with obsidian knives, slit their arms
and bless with sacred spit. I have a soul,
it will. If it erupts and shreds this skin
serrated edge; rototiller blades
without the nobility. I notch skin
the earth's foul air and glory in the stench.
of sincerity, such a living thing
Marcos Villatoro is the author of several novels, two collections of poetry and a memoir. His Romilia Chacón crime fiction series has been translated into Japanese, German, Portuguese and Russian. He has written and performed essays on PBS and NPR. His latest work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. After living several years in Central America, Marcos moved to Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at Mount St. Mary's University.