yolotl

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Spooky Actions is pleased to announce yolotl by Lourdes Figueroa.

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Poetry by Lourdes Figueroa
Price $8.00
5.5″  x 8.5″ Chapbook
48 pages.

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 FigueroaLourdes 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.