Dennis Mont'Ros


Dennis Mont'Ros is a Cuban American and military veteran who holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida.  His work has appeared in Visitant Lit, Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art, and The Texas Review.  Dennis is currently working on his first collection of poems.  Follow him on Twitter at @pacenciomontros.



Even before morning citrus watercolors thrum,

she rises, steam from soil

damp and crimson with the marrow


of my desire.

She swims upward, rings of palm bark

and vertices of crepe myrtle perfume.

Below packed earth, I strive

to inhale these wisps

so I may call out.  Soil pours into my grimace


as she seeds the clouds

in my stratosphere, dense with ache.


Rains open. 

Platinum drops crackle with ozone.

I lay quiet and full-mouthed.


Puddles form, rest, seep

down over parched crocus bulbs,

patina on lost coins,

the cold rim

of a forgotten crock.

Debris and dirt, ash and thirsty sand –

only a taste of liquid passes,

but finally my mouth is rinsed clean.

© The Acentos Review 2017