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Marisol Picazo

East Barrio Marisol Picazo eastside I call home six in the morning eyes awake to the wooden ceiling of a dusty garage. ears awake to bidi bidi bom bom! open up the window look up to the dark sky, feeling the cold breeze on my freckle cheeks. it is a Monday morning in my crowded...

Daniel A. Olivas

¡Xicano! Daniel A. Olivas It began as a cruel Jibe (so the etymologists say) Because the descendants Of the great, fallen Moctezuma could not Purge their mouths of The indigenous sounds of Nahuatl, their mother tongue.   They worked the fields, Almost slaves, but not Quite, and called themselves “Mesheecanos” – and the bosses laughed....

Dario Rilke

Mucho Trabajo             For Juan Felipe Herrera by Dario Rilke   Every morning I wake up more illegal, while X-landians from Planet X drink more and more Tequila.   Somewhere in an undisclosed location, starships offload more X-landians   with year-round passes to Téjas. Meanwhile, high-voltage fences   with infrared cameras scour the border.  ...

Nikolai Garcia

Everyone is Flirting with the New Waitress Nikolai Garcia   Even the drunks going six days straight without a shower, and the crack addicts going six hours straight without a hit, are on their best behavior. I just want my coffee.   Men dressed in wrinkles and white hair with freshly cashed SSI checks flash...

Angel F. Sandoval

Broken Mirror : IN LAK’ECH                                    (where you from?)                                  Angel F. Sandoval   You come from sticks and stones and Broken Bones, from...

Rossy Lima

Indio barro Niqitoa ni Nesaualkoyotl: Esperanza, sol, barro. Se marcha, con el sol a cuestas, esperanza, barro en las piernas, en el corazón barro, ¿Kuix ok neli nemoua in tlaltikpak? En el penar lleva su cruz cruz impuesta, cruz y barro. An nochipa tlaltikpak: Les habla a sus dioses los mira entre sueños los toca...

Bonnie Ilza Cisneros

El Corrido de Azeneth y Esteban  Bonnie Ilza Cisneros   The perpetual hostess, Azeneth, it seems the party’s always on at your place:   you let us in, you serve us, we listen to music, we dance, we drink, and most of us never even think of the lady behind the bar. You’re there in...

Levi Romero

High School English Levi Romero                                   I   not long after my high school English teacher had passed the colored pencils out I summoned her attention   I can’t see what I’m writing, Mrs. Rhutasel! I called out she laughed...

ire’ne lara silva

dieta indigena ire’ne lara silva   what would we be if we were still what our ancestors ate there were no cows no pigs no chickens here there were no domesticated animals animals fattened beyond their ability to survive in the wild bred to feeble-mindedness   there were javelinas serpents turtles fish pheasants and further north...

Fernando Flores

Song for America Fernando Flores   I I, too, sing America.  I am the darker brother. I, too am America—Langston Hughes   I am no one of renown Or of importance Just one who rose From the violent planet And stood amazed At the time & place Fate had set him in   American original...