PoetryIssue 11 | January 2011

The White Village

by Daniel Aristi

The White Village
Province of Azurduy, Department of Chuquisaca, Bolivia
January 2000

Like a raised hand
emerging from amidst tungsten hills
the church’s bell tower
announces the white village;

it appears in the horizon
crushed between sky and stone
a Shangri-La of quicklime
and cornfields.

Midday approaches
and shadows await upright
grafted invisible onto the walls
and slowly melt
then decant down the street
in rising tide;

dammed behind a manger
time halts its flow
in old Spanish bronze
while twelve chimes softly
the bell falling silent
- exhausted -
before every knell sounded.

Minutes ticking accumulate
drip, and sift,
and time bursts free
and gurgles forward
through cobblestone streets

where a door opens
and a woman steps outside.

About the author

Born in Spain in 1971, Daniel moved overseas in 1997. He’s usually involved in do-goodery of different types in places such as the Balkans, Bolivia, Darfur, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Lesotho, etc. You can find his work at Black Cat Poems.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok