Daniel Shapiro's poems have been published in Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Confrontation, The Connecticut Poetry Review, Downtown, Poetry Northwest, Yellow Silk, and other journals. He is the author of "The Red Handkerchief and Other Poems" and "Child with a Swan's Wings," and translator of Cipango, a collection of poems by Chilean poet Tomas Harris. His translations have appeared in many journals including American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, BOMB, Chelsea, and Grand Street . Shapiro is Director of Literature of the Americas Society in New York City and Managing Editor of Review: Latin American Literature and Arts.
Inside the stopped train growing warm, I watch the broad wings of noses speckled with blackheads, the pink bald spots starting to sweat.
In the paper I read a story about a man who on the 26th of July fled what was for him a prisoned island. No soap, no toothpaste, no lights when he returned home by bike along the Malecón.