xxox fm :: Joshua Escobar a.k.a. dj ashtrae


To flirt in the morning

And make a casino 

From chili flakes of affection.

Picante Rican lights

Put the devil to sleep 

The fizz of dead gays and others sobbing

The broken is stuck.



Joshua was listening to disco, new wave and punk as he composed this chapbook. And it was the summer of the eclipse, which he saw in totality with his ex. The poems in xxox fm juxtapose sexual energy and grief, desire alongside death. They take place after Josh and his ex found closure, and were excited and scared by the moon falling asleep, being that they only lived in this nightworld, where the sky is obsidian, and they love one kind of holiday.


Joshua Escobar a.k.a. DJ Ashtrae is the author of Caljforkya Voltage (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press) and XXOX FM (DoubleCross Press, 2019). Bareback Nightfall, his first full-length collection, is forthcoming in 2020 from Noemi Press and Letras Latinas. A CantoMundo fellow, he publishes Orange Mercury and lives in San Bernardino.