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Adrian Ernesto

Adrian Ernesto is the author of Flashes & Verses… Becoming Attractions from Unsolicited Press, Between the Spine from Picture Show Press, Speaking con su Sombra with Alegría Publishing and La Belle Ajar & We Are the Ones Possessed from CLASH Books. 

Adrian lives with his wife in Los Angeles with their adorably spoiled cat Woody Gold.

Sappho may have leaped off a cliff 

Still, she landed immortalized in 

fragments that lead to her remains 

enduring on the page like Sylvia’s 

last feel, headfirst many followed 

dropping the apron, picking up 

their pen, a legacy of so many  

sizzling poems, stories, and a novel although her mate became a

laureate Plath is remembered as

poet, like 

Sexton who took her final drive  

from the driver’s side never leaving

her garage, the messages she left 

us all forever in stanzas of desire  

inspire so many to take the drive 

enjoy the journey on every page 

taking the wheel, each rhyme 

and line breaks reveal, we are 

the children of Sappho, Sylvia 

and Sexton, we honor our mother 

muses with every line of poetry 

enjoying the leap, forgoing the

stove, leave the keys in the front


explore on the typewriter, keyboard,

blank page, each word a testament to

their lives eternal keep inspiring all

of us beyond the spine, for every 

pathway within each line, we

confess to conquering all the fear,

our ink  

still wet, as each scar heals, the volume  of

verses from all our voices loudly reveals—to

proudly declare us universally brave.  

Talking to Erica Jong  

After “Sappho’s Leap”

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