Alex Z. Salinas

The Great Thing About Millennials

“at least he didn’t die,”
says one of the
twenty-thirty-somethings sitting
in Starbucks watching a man
writhe on asphalt
after he just got hit by a car

“at least he didn’t die,”
parrots another, crystallizing
their new tagline,
their new sympathy cards,
their new self-esteem methodology,

their new iPhones in hand
with Instagram pulled up
instead of dial pads


Alex Z. Salinas lives in San Antonio, Texas. His poetry has appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, The Rye Whiskey Review, Duane’s PoeTree, and in the San Antonio Review, where he serves as poetry editor.