Andres Rojas was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. at age 13. He’s lived in Northeast or North Central Florida for all but three years since his arrival. He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Florida and is the author of the audio chapbook The Season of the Dead (EAT Poems, 2016). His poetry has been featured in Best New Poets and has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in, among others, AGNI, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, New American Writing, New England Review, Notre Dame Review, and Poetry Northwest.
These poems invite us to consider what remains—after violence, after loss. To believe in the lens of poetry is to believe that what lingers beneath individual disappointment and longing is something collective, universal, and even magnificent.