The photograph leads you to coarse lines crooked along weathered grains of a wooden tablet, probably painted by a carpenter or wood cutter; loops around the bowl whitewashed – the color of clarity. Anacleta, Amílcar, Macario. Characters branded for a monument of wood & rock. The morning the deer
William Archila was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, in 1968, and he immigrated to the United States with his family in 1980. He received an MFA from the University of Oregon. Archila is the author of The Gravedigger’s Archaeology (Red Hen Press, 2015), winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, and The Art of Exile (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2009), which received a 2010 International Latino Book Award. He lives in Los Angeles, California.