Valentina Cano

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Pathway of a relationship

Coal in all its mysteries lies between us.
A hard lump of black chalk,
a sphere of contrapuntal thoughts.
I could set it free
to dance across the walls,
shadows and plaster melting together.
No, you say,
passing me a nutcracker of words.
We’ll scrape it clean,
clear it, shatter it,
until it disappears
beneath a glass dome of gazes.

-Valentina Cano

A Ballroom Scene

You saw a woman
with a nest of spiders in her eyes,
each knitting away a future
that would not come to pass.
Yes, she was a lovely chandelier,
dangling from a few phrases,
flinging light out to the tiles.
But she was just glass.
A reflective surface
as hollow as an echo.

-Valentina Cano


Before the charcoal woman moved,
dragging a cart of sobs behind her,
she gave the man watching her a look.
One look that shared a line of dreams
she still hadn’t cut free.
One of those songs she used to sing
when her body was ripe
and her voice a flute,
poured put, all crackles and scrapes
as her throat clamped down with age.
She shrugged it off,
kicked some dirt into the air
and stomped through it,
her wrinkles gleaming with sweat.

-Valentina Cano

Some Kind of Orpheus

Leaving you behind
has become the only option.
And no option at all.
I’ve dug into the underworld itself
for the key that would spring
that lock of memory open,
but it’s lost,
drowned metal in that long,
black river
you’ve ripped open between us.

-Valentina Cano

The Woman at the Station

She trusted herself like a chain
would trust a squeaky link,
with a heavy dose
of glittering cynicism.
One second of a turned eye
and it would all topple down,
slinking away like snake shed.
She listened to her voice
with knitting needles in her hands,
drawing them up and down
in a net of mistrust.

-Valentina Cano


Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. You can find her here:


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Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published thirteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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3 Responses to Valentina Cano

  1. A Ward says:

    You weave together some great phrases Valentina, especially “she was a lovely chandelier, dangling from a few phrases.”

  2. vision791 says:

    Thank you, Valentina, for sharing your work here.

  3. bobbietroy says:

    Lovely work. All of it.

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