William O. Pate II reviews Alex Z. Salinas' debut book of poetry, WARBLES.
"My heart is encased in shark teeth, is a rubber shield of death impenetrable"
I have an irrational fear in the shower when I close my eyes that a shark will burst through the tile wall and devour me whole
Perhaps that’s because within the red waters in the chambers of my heart, there lurks a shark with an appetite unceasing till it has swallowed every top floater alive
My heart is encased in shark teeth, is a rubber shield of death impenetrable
Except to you, who pried it open when your lips locked on mine and your tongue searched for sustenance like a hungry shark
My irrational fear is you
Our first kiss every time reminds me every time of your delicious core, which beats like a revolutionary fist, gushes like punctured skin from a mortal wound
And like a good vampire shark, I open my serrated jaws, sink my razor teeth in you, deep in you, my love, past your cream dermis walls till I find that which is all alone,
Then I feed from it.
San Antonian Alex Z. Salinas earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University in 2011. His flash fiction has appeared online in Every Day Fiction, Nanoism, escarp, 101 Words, 101 Fiction, and ZeroFlash. He has also had poetry published in the San Antonio Express-News.