Notes from El Valle Megamart

 

1.
Sister Juanita buys cherry flavored
Lip gloss for the girls
Apple bubble gum for the boys
The lord’s prayer
Smells like a fruit stand
Under the summer sun
Across the border in Progresso.

2.
I have wet dreams about the Brawny man.
He wipes everything clean when we are done.

3.
You buy your produce
At my checkout again
Pants bulging
In all the right places
$5.25 in change
One nickel
Two dimes
Four quarters
One, two, three
Four
One dollar bills
Fingers touch fingers, touch
Ball of hand
Smile
Slide …

Arrival | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Arrival

 

      By throat is how we arrived

      A cradle in voice

      A passion & command

 
      By hands is how we arrived

      A touch

      Skin rising, cringing,

      Churning of a …

| Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Flashes

 

       Very soon, and in pleasant company.
                —Chinese fortune

    In a race for a tree, one Mexican soccer player almost beat the rain,
only to be met at the …

The Palm Tree Piñata | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

The Palm Tree Piñata

 

I’m smacking around a piñata shaped like a palm tree. It is southern California, mid-summer. The palm tree piñata is swinging back-and-forth beneath the bright summer sun. It is my …

Danger Music | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Danger Music

 

there’s
  a woman
  screaming

 

on the radio
  a cry
  no one

 

will hear
  can you hear
  the crackle

 

of flames
  making bright her
  husband’s torso

 

somewhere

Selections from While Percival Was Falling | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Selections from While Percival Was Falling

Selections from While Percival Was Falling

Reading by translator Jessica Cuello. (Scroll down to view and listen to the original poem.)

 

Percival’s song
is an unruly beast
a howling story
I …