Plancha Press

Plancha Press is an inprint of IR. At Plancha Press, we are committed to highlighting the poetry of Texan writers. 

As of 2022, we are not currently accepting any poetry manuscripts. 

Forthcoming from plancha press


jacinto jesús cardona

April 2023


“It’s a reason for celebration! A new book by our hero! Jacinto Jesús Cardona’s work goes straight to the soul, penetrates chatter, clarifies memory, air, hope and precious humanity.”

 NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems, Cast Away: Poems for Our Time, The Tiny Journalist

Amapolasong makes me want to have libro breath, breath made from reading, saying, and singing the jaunty, wry and wise Star-Spangled Spanglish captured by poeta, Jacinto Jesús Cardona. These pages are a warm and uplifting Chicano embrace offered by the unique and singular lexicon of this true poeta de la gente. Cardona delivers a lyrical memoir novella set as histories and testimonios essential to understand the region of South Texas, filled with characters like the Number One Small-Town Fry Cook, Don Anguiano, el mayor piscador, and the poet himself appearing in a number of poems, as a teenage bookish bato who struggles with baseball, but not with his khakis, his joyful curiosity, or his sparkling spinners. This is a book that opens the door the magical voice-world unique to the language of our bilingual people, and its hard truths are hard-won with so much tenderness for a people and so much music in its tenderness. Lleno de encantos, these poems will keep readers of all ages inspired and wondering what magical word-paquete will star-spangle-sparkle up the next line. This word-mundo is a creative festival of poems that forms an añil bath for anyone needing a thought-cleanse from too much of today’s muck and mugrero.”


“Amapolasong is a juicy linguistic experience. Wondrous. These poems are succulent. They quench the reader’s soul in these terribly parched American times.”

—LORI MARIE CARLSON-HIJUELOS, Cool Salsa, A Path to the World: Becoming You

an excerpt from AMAPOLASONG


 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

JACINTO JESÚS CARDONA was born in Palacios, Texas, and grew up in Alice the Hub of South Texas. He lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas, and currently teaches English and creative writing at Incarnate Word High School.

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