Green Hills Literary Lantern



The Duende 

 (after Lorca)


Its smoldering eyes

are the dark red plums

of a still life,


alluringly overripe, precipitate

in their rendezvous with death.

Its wings shine like negatives


in a darkroom, ever devoid

of development, swishing

in the chemicals of blackness.


It languishes in the dungeon

of the grave to clank the terrible

syllables of chains.






Larry D. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate, has published several collections of poetry, most recently As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems (Texas Review Press, 2015).  His poetry has received numerous honors and awards, among which are a nomination for the 2007 Poets' Prize (Nicholas Roerich Museum) and nomination for eight Pushcarts.  A revised and expanded print edition of his collection titled The Circus (first published as an electronic chapbook by Right Hand Pointing in 2008) is forthcoming from Blue Horse Press, Redondo Beach, CA in 2016.