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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Simon Anton Nino Diego Baena lives in the Philippines. He spends most of his time on the road with his wife, Xandy. Some of his works have already been published in The James Franco Review, The Bitter Oleander, After the Pause, The Blue Hour Magazine, Gravel, Off the Coast, Eastlit, Mascara Literary Review, Red River Review, The Fox Chase Review, Philippines Free Press, and Kabisdak.

Simon Anton Nino Diego Baena

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is the color of the urn. And the light.
Listen. Can you hear flatlines tearing
through the silence? When the landscape
heaves like a graveyard, you can find me
smoking cigarettes, drinking rum or whiskey,
in my favorite café often visited by dreamers
and junkies, oblivious to the phantoms drifting
by outside in the slimy streets of the city of molasses.
Of course, I remember what she told me last night
after making love in the rain: The skull is
as beautiful as the pearl not only in literature