Poetry Break

from “Exit Routes”

by Emmy Perez

from With the River on Our Face
First hurricanes exist,
alone in a home older than myself
bagging up photographs

Electricity out before it rains
No remaining phone battery exists

Folks transported from detention centers
papeles wet or nonexistent
Feds ordering the mortaring
of the wall
Projectiles flying through windows
Shelters do not allow pets

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