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Autumn Evening at the Laundromat


If you want to feel

like a winner for once

put a ten dollar bill

into the change machine,

hear the jackpot jingle

of cheering quarters

pouring into your

empty empty hands.



Ariel Francisco

Ariel Francisco is the author of A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020) and All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017). A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has been published in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets, The New York City Ballet, and elsewhere.