Always the Moon by Leslie P. Garcia

Share the words and memories of life in Always the Moon, Selected Poems by Leslie P. García, and find the fears, hopes, loves, and roads we all share:

From “The Children Go”
Given time, the children go.
Their first, unsure flight is only
Out the door, in pursuit, perhaps
Of butterflies,
Or just
To see life’s hidden faces
In the sky. (…)


From “Punctuation”
Remorseless caution.
At a train track
You know no longer used,
Pursuing the sane and common course…
As is done.
But I have a sister
Who said, “Shove it all”
And went off—(…)

From “Respite”
The grandeur of the night sky
Knocks me to my knees. (…)

Parents, siblings, lovers, horses, breakfast cereal and laundromats—intricate, mundane, but always—life. From a baby’s first steps to recognizing that days grow short (The roses haven’t yielded yet/ to cold/ from Seasons), cherish the moments and find memories in the pages of Always the Moon.

Amazon reviewer DOC says “Written over the span of many years—a lifetime, in fact—they wove tales of beauty and loss far into my mind and soul, like whispered legends of old mingled with my own memories.”

What will you find in Always the Moon?

Leslie P. Garcia

Mention writing to most first grade students–or teachers–and everyone runs from the room, screaming or crying, respectively. I, however, love the challenge of convincing the technology kids of today that words create everything they use, everything they enjoy. Yes, even those horrible cartoons and video games that are so foreign to me now. And the songs.

I, myself, was a published writer in first grade, first by the school principal, then by a novel but short-lived magazine written entirely by kids. I still remember the title: Kids. Paid me $1.50 for the last rhyming poem I ever wrote. “Dolphins are nice though they don’t like ice” something something.

Luckily, my poetry no longer rhymes, and my stories strive to portray the mishmash of cultures, events, characters, and times that are our lives–all our lives, even if not everyone had a lion or a roadside amusement park or hid in an arroyo on their wedding day.

There’s a circuitous route through most of our lives, and the publishing company that helped me learn to submit work for publication through their magazines and annual Writers Market, F&W Media, is now publishing my debut novel with Crimson Romance, in imprint of Simon & Schuster.

A lifetime of words away from first grade, but hopefully, you’ll enjoy my words. I love hearing from readers, and hope you’ll visit me one of these days.

Because words still have power, and always will.

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