Remembering Juan Gabriel: Un Día con el Divo de Juárez

in Obituaries by

Juan Gabriel drives the Chihuahuense

line con lagrimas, cross covered


during cuaresma. He sells cacahuates

on the railroad tracks and bags aguacates


in S-Mart sacks. He’s running

for president. He’s washing your windows


and shining your shoes. He’s standing

in the tortilla line right next to you.



Abigail Carl-Klassen’s work has appeared in ZYZZYVA,Cimarron Review, Guernica, Aster(ix) and Post Road. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2015. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas El Paso.