Elisa Gonzalez


Elisa Gonzalez is a Puerto Rican writer raised in Ohio. She has a B.A. in English literature from Yale University and is currently enrolled in New York University's M.F.A. in creative writing. She, predictably, now lives in Brooklyn. 


After I Threw Your Things Off the Balcony


I followed you into the stairwell

and down


            your backpack already hoisted over one shoulder


                                    Du mit mir kommst?


though I speak no German only Spanish I understood


            on other nights you’ve pressed your lips to my shoulder

            wheedling: let’s schlafen now


schlafen, schlafen

a poet said once “my poem needs more German”


            the black gate rattled shut, iron

atomizing your face before you turned


away, easy with going, light on your feet


 Die Erde überwältigt mich

the poet wrote in reply to herself:


            “the earth defeats me”


you careless butcher, no

I am not coming with you

tschuss, tschuss


We need no more German—


            as the black door creaks shut, on your head

the moon overflows like a backed-up vacuum cleaner