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Jose Hernandez Diaz

Jose Hernandez Diaz

Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. His poetry, prose poetry, and flash fiction appear in The Acentos Review, Bat City Review, Bennington Review, Cincinnati Review, Huizache, Iowa Review, The Nation, New World Writing, The Progressive, Witness, and in the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011. His chapbook of prose poems is forthcoming in Spring 2020 with Texas Review Press. He tweets at @JoseHernandezDz.

Sunflowers in the City


A man fell asleep on the subway. He woke up in another city. When he got off the train, it began to rain sunflowers. It was the middle of winter. He lit a cigarette and walked to a park. He sat on a graffitied bench and wrote a poem. The poem was about sunflowers, winter, and the city. He went to the library and submitted the poem to various literary magazines. He titled it, "Sunflowers in the City."

Home Run Dreams

A man swung an imaginary baseball bat at a pretend ball. He hit the fake ball over the illusory fence. The fantastic crowd roared. The man ran around the make-believe bases. He tried not to show too much joy, so as not to show up the alleged opposition. When he finally crossed a fictional home plate, he pointed up at the sky. After the game, he drank virtual beers with his whimsical teammates. Then he went home to sleep in his bed. He had imaginary dreams.

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