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Author: MORA, PAT
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Mora, Pat    Poet's Biography
83 poems available by this author


A CHILD, A CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: You held your breath
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


A RIVER OF WOMEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Women


AGIO NERO    Poem Text    
First Line: Finding a spring, a holy act
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


AGUA NEGRA    Poem Text    
First Line: I see her shadow
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


ANOTHER BROWN MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Startling as blood
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


AURELIA: MOON JELLIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Without brain or eye or heart
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


BAILANDO    Poem Text    
First Line: Bailando / I will remember you dancing
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


BALLENA    Poem Text    
First Line: Are you terrified of drowning
Last Line: Where it can't breathe
Subject(s): Drowning


BORDER TOWN: 1938    Poem Text    
First Line: She counts cement tracks
Subject(s): Schools; Chicanos; Segregation; Students; Mexican Americans


BRAIDED    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain, rattle of shells
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


CLEVER TWIST    Poem Text    
First Line: The best revenge is
Subject(s): Revenge


COATLICUE'S RULES: ADVICE FROM AN AZTEC GODDESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Rule 1: beware of offers to make you famous
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Mexico; Women In The Bible; Mexican Americans; Virgin Mary


CONSEJOS DE NUESTRA SENORA DE GUADALUPE: COUNSEL FROM VIRGIN    Poem Text    
First Line: You seem surprised that I've appeared
Last Line: Immaculate and otherwise, happen. He knelt, full of me
Subject(s): Chicanos; Goddesses & Gods; Mexican Americans


CROSSROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Come to me
Subject(s): Love


CUENTISTA: STORY-TELLER    Poem Text    
First Line: She carries a green river in her arms
Last Line: And sip from her own arms
Subject(s): Rivers


DEPRESSION DAYS (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: He buys the dark
Subject(s): Chicanos; Depressions, Economic; Mexican Americans


DEPRESSION DAYS (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: I bought the dark with my last fifteen cents
Last Line: This country, of the price of eggs and skin and names.
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Motion Pictures; Theater & Theaters; United States - Race Relations; Recessions; Movies; Cinema; Stage Life


DOMINICAN GOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: They wade into the river
Last Line: Fill with a loud light
Variant Title(s): Gold
Subject(s): Gold


DOUBTS    Poem Text    
First Line: What if guys think I can't kiss because I can think?
Subject(s): Self-doubt; Kisses


EL ESPIRITU SANTO    Poem Text    
First Line: The priest says, the wind, like ours, whirled
Last Line: Stir in our hearts the fire of love
Subject(s): Saints


EL RIO GRANDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Maybe la llorona is el rio grande
Subject(s): Chicanos; Rio Grande River; Mexican Americans


EL SANTO NINO DE ATOCHA    Poem Text    
First Line: My neighbor says she's very sorry
Subject(s): Saints


ELENA    Poem Text    
First Line: My spanish isn't enough
Last Line: When my children need my help
Subject(s): Chicanos; Children; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


FEEDING THE WINDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Stories pass like genes through families
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


FENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Mouths full of laughter
Subject(s): Seashore; Labor & Laborers; Social Classes; Beach; Coast; Shore; Work; Workers; Caste


FIRST LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Her brown eyes circle
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings


FOR GEORGIA O'KEEFFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I want / to walk
Subject(s): O'keeffe, Georgia (1887-1986)


GENTLE COMMUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: Even the long-dead are willing to move
Last Line: Our own private green honey
Subject(s): Language; Memory; Spirituality; Words; Vocabulary


HERE COME THE MUSICIANS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Cecilia, que pasa? What is this?
Subject(s): Family Life


I CAN DANCE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


ILLEGAL ALIEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Socorro, you free me
Subject(s): Aliens; Extraterrestrials


IMMIGRANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Wrap their babies in the american flag
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


IN THE BLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: The brown-eyed child
Subject(s): Grandparents; Dancing & Dancers; Children; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Childhood


IT MAY BE DANGEROUS    Poem Text    
First Line: No sound. The child watches us
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


LA DULCERIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Released into the season
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


LA MIGRA    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's play la migra
Last Line: You do not understand / get ready
Subject(s): Mexican Border; United States Immigration & Emigration


LA MUERTE    Poem Text    
First Line: You don't belong, fea dona sebastiana
Subject(s): Skeletons; Ash Wednesday


LA SAGRADA FAMILIA    Poem Text    
First Line: We are like butterflies
Subject(s): Saints


LEGAL ALIEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Bi-lingual, bi-cultural
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


LLANTOS DE LA LLORONA: WARNINGS FROM THE WAILER    Poem Text    
First Line: Every family has one
Last Line: Oye: never underestimate the power of the voice
Subject(s): Chicanos; Legends, Mexican; Mexican Americans


LOSS OF CONTROL    Poem Text    
First Line: For me it was an adventure
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


MAESTRO    Poem Text    
First Line: He hears her
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Mothers


MALINCHE'S TIPS: PIQUE FROM MEXICO'S MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: My face isn't red
Last Line: Sound familiar?
Subject(s): Mexico; Ancestors & Ancestry; Mothers


MANGOS Y LIMONES (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: The story is about swellings and slick slidings
Last Line: Her mouth full of her own stories
Subject(s): Hispanic Americans' Mothers Daughters; Women


MAYBE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I stretch myself tall
Subject(s): Self-criticism


MIRRORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandma makes me mad
Subject(s): Grandparents; Beauty; Self-doubt; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


MOUTHFULS OF FLAVORS    Poem Text    
Last Line: With friends and family
Subject(s): Food & Eating


NUESTRA SENORA DE LA ANUNCIACION    Poem Text    
First Line: Rejoice! The angel gabriel said
Subject(s): Saints


ODE TO PIZZA    Poem Text    
First Line: Yeast pillow
Subject(s): Pizza


OFRENDA FOR LOBO    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, fierce guardian angel
Last Line: You, entangle me. Come. Visit, if only for this night
Subject(s): Chicanos; Aunts; Ancestors & Ancestry; All Souls' Day; Mexican Americans


ONE POTATO    Poem Text    
First Line: She buys a potato
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


ORACION A LOS SANTOS    Poem Text    
First Line: At sixteen I began to pray to you, old friends
Subject(s): Saints


PERUVIAN CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Still in the middle of my path is the child
Last Line: Not to hold her, the child in our arms
Subject(s): Peru; Children


PESCADOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: What think you, old fish
Last Line: Roots crawling in your damp crevices
Subject(s): Chicanos


REVENGE X 3    Poem Text    
First Line: I slipped a note to three
Subject(s): Love Letters. Deception


SAINT PASCAL BAYLON / SAN PASCUAL BAILON    Poem Text    
First Line: San pascual pastorcito
Last Line: And also your culinary trickery
Subject(s): Saints; Cooking & Cooks; Language


SAINT RITA / SANTA RITA    Poem Text    
First Line: Wind, rain, fog this morning
Last Line: So from within, their holy spirit will shine
Subject(s): Saints; Women Abused; Shame


SAN JOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder if fathers above congregate
Subject(s): Saints


SAN MARTIN DE PORRES    Poem Text    
First Line: Can I sing you, brother martin
Last Line: That hold our fragrant selves within
Subject(s): Martin De Porres Velazquez, Saint (1579-1639)


SAN YSIDRO LABRADOR    Poem Text    
First Line: May our work enrich the earth. Hear our request
Last Line: This night, and at our death, en paz may we rest
Subject(s): Farm Life; Isidore The Laborer (Or, Farmer), Saint (1070-1130)


SANTA MARIA MAGDALENA    Poem Text    
First Line: Her sins, which are many are forgiven
Last Line: Prim critics in our pompous monotone?
Subject(s): Mary Magdalen


SANTA TERESA DE AVILA    Poem Text    
First Line: If I had not been so wicked
Last Line: Forever, ever and ever
Subject(s): Teresa, Saint (1515-1582)


SENORA X NO MORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Straight as a nun I sit
Last Line: I carve my crooked name, / my name
Subject(s): Nuns


SILENCE LIKE COOL SAND    Poem Text    
First Line: First lie in it
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


SONRISAS    Poem Text    
First Line: I live in a doorway
Subject(s): Mexican-american Families; Morning


SPANISH    Poem Text    
First Line: My mom worried that I was sick
Subject(s): Mexican-american Families; Sickness; Illness


TALL WOMAN WALKING    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun stares
Last Line: In her purple tennis shoes
Subject(s): Grandparents; Women; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


TEENAGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: One day they disappear
Subject(s): Loss


THE DESERT IS MY MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I say feed me
Variant Title(s): Mi Madre
Subject(s): Deserts; Mothers


THE EYE OF TEXAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Santa maria, madre mia, your sparrows tugged
Subject(s): Chicanos; Texas


THE LOVING STRIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Not for men alone do we remove our clothes
Last Line: Like young seals around our rock.
Subject(s): Aunts; Burlesque; Chicanos; Motion Pictures; Swimming & Swimmers; Theater & Theaters; Striptease; Mexican Americans; Movies; Cinema; Swimmers; Stage Life


THE LURE    Poem Text    
First Line: The octopus on the platter moved
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


THE SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Tapping. On the window an insistent
Last Line: Those dark, kindly creatures, the summer my father died
Subject(s): Shadows; Mexican Americans


THE SYSTEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Mama, night is never pure
Last Line: Cement, thousands we never hear
Subject(s): Night


THE VISITATION / LA VISITACION    Poem Text    
First Line: Our stomachs bumped
Last Line: To joy, to sharing / this life
Subject(s): Saints; Mary, Mother Of Jesus


THE WEIGHT OF A LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: The darting comet streaks in
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


TIGUA ELDER    Poem Text    
First Line: How do I tell my children
Last Line: There is forgetting in my own true name
Subject(s): Native Americans - Genealogy & Heritage


TOMAS RIVERA    Poem Text    
First Line: They knew so much, his hands
Subject(s): Chicanos; Education; Mexican Americans


TZIMIN CHAAK    Poem Text    
First Line: Rise, sweet horse, gather your resting bones
Last Line: You and I, gallop wild with the wind
Subject(s): Mexico; Horses; Cortes, Hernando (1485-1547)


UNIVERSITY AVENUE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are the first
Subject(s): Universities & College; Mexican-american Families


UNNATURAL SPEECH    Poem Text    
First Line: The game has changed
Subject(s): Chicanos; English Language; Mexican Americans


WEIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: I start to write an e-mail but
Subject(s): Emails


WITNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: She gathers quiet around her
Last Line: The truths we know
Subject(s): Women; Truth