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Poetry by Alexander P. Garza

Aloe Vera


The healing plant,

not just a folktale


but one that sutures

torn skin. It’s faded green


blotches spread into each of its girthy

leaves overflowing its guts and blood


into each of its spines,

overtaking my sightline


screen, out of the peripheral

and zoomed in and in focus,


its overarching arms enveloping

me. Each leaf peels back away,


dries and spills along the sides of the pot.

The crumpling dead leaves


burn to a crisp and are whisked

away by cold front winds.




Alexander P. Garza (he/him) is a Mexican-American poet from Houston, TX. His work has appeared in Toyon, Indianapolis Review, Dissections, Star*Line and others. He is a graduate student in the Program for Writers at University of Illinois - Chicago. Visit him on Instagram/Twitter, @alexanderpgarza and http://alexanderpgarza.com.


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