“Firecracker” now available in the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

First the band tromping behind a ticker-taped pickup. Then children, stoic in their painted faces. Then men and women with saintly icons held tight and lovingly in their arms. All marching in a haphazard body. Now and then, wandering among them, an old man lights off a firecracker.

Written in the Casa Luis Barragán in Mexico City in the final days of October 2013, “Firecracker” owes it existence to the generosity and friendship of the artist-shaman Carmina Escobar.