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As of 2022, we are not currently accepting any poetry manuscripts.
We are thrilled to announce our inaugural Plancha Press Poetry Book Prize recipient, Jacinto Cardona! At the heart of Cardona’s poetry, his poems celebrate the Tex-Mex images, stories, and words he has witnessed throughout his life. Cardona pays attention to the proper names of pan dulce, the pachucho slang he overhears on the street, the parallels between chicharras and César Vallejo.
Jacinto Cardona is a writer from Alice, The Hub of South Texas. He is the author of Pan Dulce (Chile Verde Press) and currently teaches English at Incarnate Word High School.
Cardona was the recipient of a Ford Salute to Education Award for the Arts in 2002 and the Gemini Ink “Voz de San Antonio” Champion Poetry Award in 2014. Cardona was also featured in “Voices from Texas” by independent filmmaker, Ray Santisteban. His poem “Bato Con Khakis” was selected for performance by the New York City Symphony Space. Cardona’s poems can be found in Art at Our Doorstop: San Antonio Writers + Artists (ed. Nan Cuba and Riley Robinson), Heart to Heart (ed. Jan Greenberg), Is This Forever or What? (ed. Naomi Nye), Vóces Cosmicas Traficando en la Palabra (ed. Fernando Flores and Carlos Loera), Windward Review (Zoe Ramos), and many many more.
I remember riding my fenderless bike
to la panadería del pueblo
sometimes I would go alone
sometimes I would dream
I took abuelo by the hand
I remember pan dulce tasting even sweeter
after confessing my sins
at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
nothing like dulcified bread
for crucified bones
I remember standing in front of the glass displays
telling el panadero I’ll take one of these
and one of those and one of these
unlike the cool pachuco who came in
asking for pan de polvo un regalo
y un hueso azucarado to go
I had not mastered the names of pan dulce
so imagine my thrill imagine the authority
in my chavalón bones when I returned
asking for dos huesos azucarados
two sugared bones to go
I remember pan dulce
la Virgen de Guadalupe
bordered by blue neon lights
and how the smell of canela
reminded me of abuelito’s piloncillo skin
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