Los Dìas Oscuros

By Octavio Quintanilla Octavio Quintanilla is author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) and of several chapbooks, the most recent titled, Wasted Time (Alabrava 2019). He teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the M.A./M.F.A. program at Our Lady of the Lake University. He is the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San […]

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Listen

By Robin Bissett “Listen,” you began. Your lies—a desperate spider’s last few threads—stretched from the wide windows to the hopelessly patterned carpet. As you weaved and swung, sharing your story, I saw your joyless eyes search mine for signs of submission. Your smile composed of untrimmed fence posts, cracked rocks that I’d scraped my knees […]

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Collection by JJ Philips

By JJ Philips JJ Philips (Jeanine Johnson-Philips) pursued art from middle school through college, but after getting married and raising a family, art was put on the back burner. By the time her children were older, she toyed around with the idea of revisiting her artistic side, but being a full-time employee, there just didn’t […]

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Birth of a Song

Mandy Campbell Resting Place (Lyrics) Melted wax and soot from candlesWater stains and a broken handleMar the wooden table by our bedBut all I see is your golden wedding ringIt’s been awhile since I looked at picturesWhen the gleam in your eye still flickeredBefore the pain and the endless medsMade this empty space permanent between […]

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Mis Amores

Translation: Mis amores Where do all my lovers goafter they leave my bed?Some of them point to the west,others point to the north, and I am unsure of what star to follow.  Tonight, I hear the wolf’s shadow rise over the church I abandoned. It lengthens with each love that forswears to pray me back.  Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the […]

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Tengo un amor que me espiaì

By Octavio Quintanilla Translation: Tengo un amor que me espiá She spies on methrough the windowwhen I gab with death.  Watch out.Remember her name: Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) and the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX. His poetry, fiction, translations, and photography have […]

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La Muerte

Octavio Quintanilla like my father’s cornfield in the last days of July    like the smile of the girl  who rejected me when I was eight  like the taste of beer after being unfaithfullike the taste of God after cursing Him  Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough […]

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Mi lujuria como la voz de Dios

Octavio Quintanilla Translation: Not necessary to be transformed Into a bull Nor dress in an angel’s furEach commandment A vise for youBut for me ten ways of boastingMy power Still you’re the dark voice Grieving in the desertThe body’s bellow Profane water gushing Between my three brains Among all things Blessed is your love  Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If […]

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Hello?

Ariel Del Vecchio This work is a conversation between a person and the emotions they try to ignore. Ariel del Vecchio is an artist currently living and working in San Antonio Texas.

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Is This What You Wanted?

Jared Claudio Tincher Coming out to loved ones can be agonizing to prepare for. Regardless of how it will turn out, you have to seriously, honestly ask yourself, “How unconditional is this person’s love for me?” And you have to be prepared for the answer to be, “Not at all.”So a lot of trans people […]

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Dear Friend, I can’t Tell You

Ruby Walker Ruby Walker is an 18-year-old artist and writer. She grew up in Austin, Texas, moved down to Buda, dropped out of high school, did a few other things, and is currently studying art at Trinity University in San Antonio. Her first illustrated book, Advice I Ignored: Stories and Wisdom from a Formerly Depressed […]

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How We Learn To Talk About Tragedy

Emily Bourgeois Emily Josephine Bourgeois is a poet and student who is Washington born, Nebraska raised, and living in San Antonio for now. While she mostly focuses on spoken word, more of her written work can be found in past editions of the Trinity Review. She believes in the radical potential of storytelling and can […]

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