wick and paraffin
by George Angel
wick and paraffin went out walkin’. god was in the trees. silence pooled around wick’s eyes. what was broke. paraffin ran in rivulets. their knobby knees along their strolling. knocked. a doll was sobbing. a wooden soldier in flames lay tipped. everything that showed. flicker drip. through the holes in their trousers. knick knack bones. bustle muscles. paraffin showed her glowing. and huddled close to wick. head bobbing this way and that. gave paraffin his tooth. and she planted it. as if it were a bulb.
George Angel was born in San Francisco, California in 1964. He is the son of Colombian parents. He lived in and around San Francisco for the first thirty years of his life, and moved in 1995 to Medellin, Colombia, where he lives and works. He has published poems, stories, and essays in numerous U.S. and Canadian magazines. From 1991 to 1993, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. In 1996, Fiction Collective 2 published his book of stories, The Fifth Season, as winner of the 1995 Nilon Award. He also publishes poems, stories, and essays in Spanish under the name Mario Angel Quintero. He is a visual artist and the director and playwright of the theater company Parpado Teatro, which has been active in Medellin since 2003.