Poets Name Daniel Romo

Poets biography

Daniel Romo is the author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press 2019), When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014), and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). His poetry can be found in The Los Angeles Review, PANK, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and he is an Associate Poetry Editor at Backbone Press. He lives and teaches in Long Beach, CA. More at danielromo.net.


Whittier Has No Freeways


For Maria



A 70 mph straightaway is the road to being spoiled. And any open road is cause for conserving brakes and patience. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but sometimes, waiting in traffic and taking the long way is the intended design. The most beautiful creations celebrate both process and final product. Side streets lead to appreciating and embracing the suddenness of turns, twists and curves the shape of a lovely, new smile my Google maps never saw coming. Boulevards remind us to maintain faith in the face of obstacles that we successfully swerved in and out of long before we learned each other’s middle names. I met you in Los Alamitos in the evening. Would you really have turned around and went home having never met me just because the parking lot was too full? Question mark. There are days and nights when I take it all in, how this all began with an unsuspecting tweet and think, I can’t believe this! Exclamation point. Your city has no freeways. But for you I will drive to Whittier or Wyoming. Los Alamitos or Alaska. There is no mileage too great to navigate the distance between taking a leap and belief. Period.