Spooky Actions is pleased to announce yolotl by Lourdes Figueroa.
Poetry by Lourdes Figueroa
5.5″ x 8.5″ Chapbook
Cover art by Hanae Rivera
“The language in yolotl […] glistens as viscerally as an organ in the body.” ~ Jenny Drai / StitchedStapledBound.
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…and now for your reading pleasure…
nahua girl born on the fence of iron and rust nahua girl born on the center of the vagus there is coal in your mouth as we wonder across the forest they have told us that there is gold and silver in the heart of the tree but we dig underneath the tunnel of the volcano to find a jugular vein with a mouth there it spits out fields of the sugar cane nahua girl brew the agave the galleon sits amidst she calls it occidental there are oceans between us as we learn to swallow bourbon there were hundreds of chicotazos on her back nahua girl your skin is changing it glistens under the five moons under the five suns we have arrived the cotton fields have made them golden we are ancient in our song nahua girl
About the author
Lourdes Figueroa was born in Yuba City, California during one of the trips her parents made from Mexico to the USA when they worked in the campo tilling the soil for tomatoes. She grew up in the betweens of everything not from here and not from over there. She is a native of limbo nation. Lourdes is a proud 2009 and 2011 VONA alum. Some of her work has been published in the SF Poet’s 11 2008 & 2010, an Anthology of poems selected by Jack Hirschman, and also in Generations: a journal of ideas and images. She recently received her MFA in Creative Writing focusing in poetry at the University of San Francisco. She currently works as an interpreter, translator, and advocate. Lourdes believes in your lung, your throat, your tongue.