A Cradlesong

The journal Metamorphoses published “A Cradlesong,” my translation of “Cōzolcuīcatl” (the 57th selection in the Aztec codex Songs of Mexico) in its spring 2015 edition. In the long sequence, a young Mexica girl envisions the fallen young king of Tenochtitlan, Ahuizotl, as a baby, youth and man, her musings running from motherly affection…

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The Wall

“The Wall” first appeared in the April 2015 edition of The Thing Itself The Wall Small minds love lines, straight-edged and two-dimensional, slashed through sand or upon maps, starkly marking this and that. Small minds see barriers in nature, bark of tree, rind of fruit, skin and fur and water’s…

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Por la libre

“Por la libre” first appeared in the anthology Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance Por la libre Just out of Reynosa, you shifted into fifth And roared to the state line, cigarette in hand. At the checkpoint we just waved our IDs, My license, your green card, no need for permits…

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