Alejandro Pérez

is a Latinx student at Columbia University in New York. He is a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee whose poems and flash fiction have appearedor are forthcoming in Typehouse Magazine, HEArt OnlineJellyfish Review, Literary Orphans, Pidgeonholes, Star 82 Review, Gravel, Acentos Review,and several Spanish-language magazines.


Definition Of Raw

             after Brynne Rebele-Henry

As in rough as in
rough-draft as in
unfinished as in
needs to be fixed
like Will in
Good Will Hunting.

As in dope as in cool
as in fly as in out
of this world as in
“That beat is raw.
Can I sing over it?”
As in “That whip
is raw. Can I take it
for a spin?”

As in dangerous
as in uncooked
as in raw fish
as in sushi
as in raw eggs
as in could cause
Salmonella
as in “My Abuela
ate two raw eggs
for breakfast every
day, most likely
cause she wasn’t
aware of the
dangers, but even
if she had been,
she probably
wouldn’t have given
a fuck, cause she
wasn’t afraid
of shit.”