Plutonian Nights by José Antonio Rodríguez

—after Bob Hicok

Plutonian nights
Light a thousand margaritas.
A thousand fools exchange
The yes, begin to glass the rain.
Gunfire-close, they raze
A rainforest saying
Something impossible.
Bulbs spring, blushing the sky.
They’d like to touch
The river’s decibels, something
Like sipping the life of a poem.


JOSÉ ANTONIO RODRÍGUEZ’s books include The Shallow End of Sleep, Backlit Hour, and the forthcoming memoir, House Built on Ashes. His work has previously appeared in RHINO, Poetry, and elsewhere. Learn more at