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poetry The 84th Anniversary of the Spanish Civil War

Simon Baena’s homage to the Spanish Republic reflects the continuing grief of the lost anti-fascist cause of the 1930s.

The 84th Anniversary of the Spanish Civil War

By Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena

The night lingers

in my hotel room

the spilled wine

the broken glass

more empty pages for me

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to fill

with the horn

summoning the dead of the republic

back to Estremadura

blood soaked

like a bullring

I smell the stains

of the moon

on the crumpled bed sheets

Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena lives in the Philippines with his wife, Xandy.

He is the author of the chapbook, The Magnum Opus Persists in the Evening (Jacar Press).

His work has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Osiris, Catamaran Literary Reader

The American Journal of Poetry, The Cortland Review, Louisiana Literature, Phantom Drift,

among others.