Broken Antennae

Susana Praver-Pérez


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Your voice rises 

            above the street sounds.

The full moon sits 

            on your right shoulder,

Octavia Butler on your left

            trying to divine the future. 


We reach across a space 

            denser than the continent

                       between us, 

my grand plan broken

             like a piñata raining 



This was not what I envisioned—

tears rolling down your cheeks,

             a hollow in your chest.


I’ve become quicksand, 

my gravity more rabid 

             than a galaxy’s pull.


You speak of black holes,

            a void 

where light and love can’t live 

            and I wonder 

what your spaceship is made of, 


if you are hovering 

in the famished air


if your ship has already steered away.


Dear Captain, this co-pilot has lost

            the guiding stars,

 is floating

             between constellations, 

keys jingling in a patch-work pocket 

             unable to open

                      the gates 

                      to agape.

Susana Praver-Pérez

is a

Guest Contributor for Panorama.

Susana Praver-Pérez is the author of Hurricanes, Love Affairs, & Other Disasters (Nomadic Press 2021) which won the 2022 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. Susana divides her time between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Oakland, California and writes through the lens formed in the liminal space between languages, cultures, and geographies. Website: