from postterrain 
Craig Santos Perez
or have we reached the place to
let me see your hands: a commonplace
a lineage all the way
to the sun
there appear 'instants' between word and
you say 'story exists in every thread'
yet no one gave us instructions on how to prepare them
you say listen
water is it 'tangible' 'definite' 'calling'
you say place your hands under the water
yet the water
through our hands
Craig Santos Perez, a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guahan (Guam), is the co-founder of Achiote Press and author of two poetry books: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008) and from unincorporated territory [saina] (Omnidawn Publishing, 2010). He received the Poets & Writers California Writer’s Exchange Award in 2010. His poetry, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in The Iowa Review, New American Writing, Pleiades, The Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others.