‘Matter’ By Robert René Galván



          There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
          Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

          -William Shakespeare

Am I reducible
to a machine,
an accretion of steps
across an ancient savannah,
detritus of a dying star?

Was I formed by the descent
of creatures in the womb
to complex cognition
distinguished from stones,
inextinguishable essence
from a sack of minerals,
the salt in my tears
distilled from the seas?

Did I rise from the dust
as a singular creation,
residue of a cosmic cauldron,
or have I always been,
a waft in an enormous

Robert René Galván was born in San Antonio, now residing in New York City. He works as a professional musician and poet. His collections of poems are Meteors, published by Lux Nova Press and Undesirable: Race and Remembrance, Somos en Escrito Foundation Press, Standing Stones, Finishing Line Press and The Shadow of Time, Adelaide Books. His poetry was recently featured in Adelaide Literary Magazine, Azahares Literary Magazine, Gyroscope, Hawaii Review, Hispanic Culture Review, Newtown Review, Panoply, Prachya Review, Sequestrum, Shoreline of Infinity, Somos en Escrito,  Stillwater Review, West Texas Literary Review, and the Winter 2018 issue of UU World. He is a Shortlist Winner Nominee in the 2018 Adelaide Literary Award for Best Poem. Recently, his poems are featured in Puro ChicanX Writers of the 21st Century (2nd Edition) and in Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought. His poems have been nominated for Best of Web and the Pushcart Prize. His poem, Awakening, was featured in the author’s voice on NPR as part of National Poetry Month in the Spring of 2021.

Art by Kate Alsbury

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