My Grandmother’s Radiance by Adam Ortiz

My Grandmother’s Radiance

lifted off the ground
and sailed gently
over a mountain
like a hot air balloon
in Santa Fe
in the summertime,

leaving behind a vacant lot
littered with cancer cells,
soda bottles, VHS tapes,
turbans, books on chemotherapy,
cigarette butts,
and us

trying desperately to shove it all
into plastic garbage bags.
Adam Ortiz is a poet and mostly vegan chef who lives in Massachusetts. Adam grew up in Las Vegas where he began writing poems about bright lights and ridiculous crushes. He never stopped. You can find him at