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A Response To Ocho # 15 by Laura Orem
The Montserrat Review
The Montserrat Review

In contrast, Oscar Bermeo presents an urban world that, while flawed, still provides moments of joy: “We didn’t need tokens to get downtown/Just eagle eyes, quick feet and cold resolve…We all high-five breathless celebration/Blissfully lacking any destination.” Bermeo mythologizes this world in “Praise for Anywhere Avenue” as a place where “ringing alarms and ceaseless sirens” offer “vigilant care;” where “the thunderclap of boomboxes” and “rolling dice and crashing dominoes” provide a soundtrack to the Avenue’s “generous ways.”