My Piece “Corcovado” Now Up on Pilgrim’s Poem!

Corcovado Rio de Janeiro
A shot of Rio de Janeiro’s Corcovado mountain by Adam Jones.

My poem about Rio de Janeiro’s emblematic hunchback hill, crowned by a massive white statue of Christ, is up this week on the community writing site “Pilgrims Poem.” Please click here to check it out!

If anyone is interested in sharing their work, I recommend writing to the very kind editor of the site. Instructions on how to submit can be found here.

Below is the text of my poem.





The idea was good,

or nobody would have


3.2 million in dollars today

to claim the works of God



Black whale boulders beached

by Guanabara bay,


Dripping buildings with coastal

window holes,


Polka dot slums that cut

the jungle into picture frames,


A perpetual diorama

if you go to Niteroi.


The blue white yellow gold

of kept sand and moving foam,


Without Christ, the hunchback hill

another splendid rock to draw

behind a neon drink.


But the praying ladies of Rio

got redemption right – the leaning

face, the human arms –


and torched their city with holy light

so we can burn our skin unseen

by the would-be cliff, the unfinished crowd.







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