My name is Virginia Valenzuela. My friends call me Vinny. I am a poet, essayist, and fashion writer from New York City. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School where I was the assistant to David Lehman, and became the Editor-in-Chief of LIT Magazine. I teach First Year Writing at NJCU, am a part of Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and am a frequent contributor to The Best American Poetry Blog. My own monthly column, “Fashion and Beauty with Poetess Vinny,” debuted in fall 2018.

So, why a snail? Well,
snails are never in a rush to get
They travel steadily, observing the sights,
soaking in moonlight,
soaking in sounds.
They hold true to their path,
even if it bends ’round corners,
overturns, even upside-down;—
perhaps they could walk
on the sky, if they wanted?


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