Antonyms for Wall

            [::] Absence of stone [::] Door left open [::] Pasture that does not inspire the elegy [::]
De-evolution of the blood-brain barrier & all pathogen [::] Fissure [::] The earth’s crust & the
open wound we’ve named canyon [::] Open wound soothed by the incoming river [::] Physical
object that blocks leads the way (e.g. street signs, a bridge above the tributary, coast
saturated with lighthouses) [::] Port in the storm [::] Portal from a world with guns [::]
Heaven that does not hide behind gates or demand blood for entrance [::] Electrons that touch
despite the laws of physics or countries [::] Touch [::] Electricity passing through
synapses without being stopped & frisked [::] Brick against window the moment before
shatter [::] Fences melted [::] Open arms [::] History defined by something other than
empire [::] History that is not
a history of loss [::]


Brandon Melendez is a Mexican-American poet from California. He is the author of ‘home/land’ (forthcoming with Write Bloody Publishing). He is a National Poetry Slam finalist and two-time Berkeley Grand Slam Champion. He was awarded Best Poem and Funniest Poem at collegiate national poetry competitions (CUPSI). His poems are in or forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, the minnesota review, Sixth Finch, decomP, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Boston & is an MFA candidate at Emerson College.