Issue 10: Spring 2017

Dear readers,

We are Jackie Yang and Betty Chinea, the co-editors of the University of Miami's Mangrove Literary Journal, and we are excited for you to dive into the work submitted by our 22 talented contributors.

The pieces that were shared with us this year made us laugh, think, and raise our eyebrows. The works that made it into this book are the result of hours of reading, debating, swapping edits, and wholehearted gushing. During a time when the value of art is being questioned, we are proud to continue reaffirming its importance and providing a platform for new voices.


Jackie Yang & Betty Chinea
March 2017




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I can see that she's not looking
As I turn my head to smile a sigh,
A drowsy moon who, sleeping, slips 
Behind a greedy hill. Scarcely breathing, 
I tear through grass and dirt
To reach the other side
Praying that when next we meet
She'll gaze as eagerly as I.

What chance have I to win her favor?
She who even suns offend,
Piercing clouds with lurid rays
To catch a solitary glimpse.
Suns who daily suicide
In the blackest waters.
If only I could know her voice
That she may lull me back to sleep,
That I may taste her lips and break
The day's eternal dreamless stare.
Like those suns, I tread the lonely sea
To chase across the earth my moon
Into the trenches of the deeps
Where tired men, in peace, may drown. 

Hiram Aparicio

Hiram Aparicio is a graduate student at the University of Miami working on an MA 
in Liberal Studies. He earned a BA in English, also from UM. His concentration as an 
undergrad was on creative writing with a focus on poetry. Hiram double minored in 
Philosophy and Anthropology. He has been mastering the art of lucid dreaming for 
several years now. He studies alchemy and often engages in random acts of wizardry.