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Mora, Pat    Poet's Biography
330 poems available by this author


1910       
First Line: In mexico they bowed
Last Line: That had been upton's five-and-dime


1992       
First Line: The story always wakes us
Last Line: I tell my daughter, ay ay. Don't let them %near the edge. Watch the children


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


ABUELITA MAGIC       
First Line: The new mother cries with her baby
Last Line: Ts. Ss %with sleep


ABUELITA'S ACHE       
First Line: Celia watches him with the green eyes
Last Line: Like I did when I rocked her to sleep in my arms, %rru-rru-que-rru-rru %lullabies she will need soon


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


AGIO NERO       
First Line: Finding a spring, a holy act
Last Line: Holy, holy, holy
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


AGUA NEGRA       
First Line: I see her shadow
Last Line: What falls from the sky
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


ANOTHER BROWN MAN       
First Line: Startling as blood
Last Line: Only a shadow %like yours
Subject(s): Chicanos


ARBOLES DE MAIZ       
First Line: She smiled in the dark
Last Line: Seeing cornstalks taller than saguaros %or even the agave in bloom


ARMADILLOS, POUR JUICES!       
Last Line: Amigos, tonight we'll swing %without any sleepiness
Subject(s): Desert Animals


ARMFULS OF COLOR       
Last Line: Of plinging guitar strings
Subject(s): Desert Animals


ARTE POPULAR       
First Line: A hot breath among the pale crystal
Last Line: Leap down steps three at a time, slither %on cool white marble into the night, into the full moon


ARTISTA CUBANO       
First Line: Years ago pepe came from the fields
Last Line: And a face appears, sea eyes, a blue he can float in %oye verde, oye azul


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


AURELIA: MOON JELLIES       
First Line: Without brain or eye or heart
Last Line: Depths where we begin
Subject(s): Chicanos


AZTEC PRINCESS       
First Line: Her mother would say, look in
Last Line: And carried outside to the moonlight %whispering, 'breathe'


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


BAILANDO       
First Line: I will remember you dancing
Last Line: But saying to me, 'estoy bailando,' %and laughing


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


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


BEES BUZZ RIPE FRUIT       
Last Line: Setting the table %for the hullabaloo
Subject(s): Desert Animals


BELOW THE SURFACE       
First Line: The man journeyed into the green hum
Last Line: We live alone and sometimes to save ourselves, %we have to rip our wounds open with our bare hands


BESHAM QILA, PAKISTAN       
First Line: Dusk: lights like fireflies
Last Line: Massive, hunched %like the shoulders %of a stubborn man


BILINGUAL CHRISTMAS       
First Line: Buenos dias and hasta luego
Last Line: Outside our thick windows


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


BORDER TOWN: 1938       
First Line: She counts cement cracks
Last Line: Counts cement cracks %ocho, nueve, diez


BOSQUE DEL APACHE WILDLIFE REFUGE       
First Line: If the earth's old bones smile
Last Line: White neck flowing, flowing %into desert grasses %white flowing %into the smile of old bones


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


BRAIDED       
First Line: Rain, rattle of shells
Last Line: Echoes rippling through currents, crossing, crisscrossing
Subject(s): Chicanos


BRIBE       
First Line: I hear indian women
Last Line: I ask the land to smile on me, to croon %softly, to help me catch her music with words


BRUJA: WITCH       
First Line: I wait for the owl. %I wait for tuesday and thursday nights
Last Line: I smell mesquite. Beneath white %stars, I dance


CASTANET CLICKS       
First Line: Uno, dos %one, two
Last Line: Count again
Subject(s): Castanets


CEREZAS DULCES       
Last Line: For our fiesta evening.'
Subject(s): Desert Animals


CHILD, A CHILD       
First Line: You held your breath
Last Line: At long last, let the celebration begin
Subject(s): Chicanos


CHUPARROSA: HUMMINGBIRD       
First Line: I buy magic meat
Last Line: I sleep %to escape your gaze


CISSY IN A BONNET       
First Line: You wore your brain backwards
Last Line: Break the code, with our fingers read our early %symbols, reunite with the rare spirits we house


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


COATLICUE'S RULES: ADVICE FROM AN AZTEC GODDESS       
First Line: Rule 1: beware of offers to make you famous
Last Line: Rule 9: be selective about what you swallow
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Mexico; Women - Bible


CONFERENCE MALE       
First Line: Why aren't they hoarse
Last Line: Each tongue dancing proudly %for the bathroom mirror, %the viewer quick to clap clapclapclap?


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


CONSEJOS DE NUESTRA SENORA DE GUADALUPE: COUNSEL FROM VIRGIN       
First Line: You seem surprised that I've appeared
Last Line: Como la luna esplendida
Subject(s): Chicanos


COOL LOVE       
First Line: If we were indians, in late september
Last Line: We fear claiming what we may %not want to keep


CORAZON DEL CORRIDO       
First Line: En la frontera de tejas
Last Line: Ay, papa! Te cantaremos
Subject(s): Chicanos


CORRIDA       
First Line: Being the son of a proud man is bitter
Last Line: When he ran-corrio-to be alone %to vomit alone


CORTEZ'S HORSE       
First Line: Return, sweet horse, rise
Last Line: Carry me into the stars
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


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


CROSSROADS       
First Line: Come to me
Last Line: Of the charm %broken spell


CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY       
First Line: Jose hears colors.
Last Line: Oye verde, oye azul
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


CUENTISTA: STORY-TELLER       
First Line: She carries a green river in her arms
Last Line: And sip--from her own arms. %una vez: once
Subject(s): Chicanos


CUIDADO       
First Line: Humans should smell like this
Last Line: Saying, ven. Smell. Smell
Subject(s): Chicanos


CURANDERA       
First Line: They think she lives alone
Last Line: And breathes with the mice and snakes %and wind


DAR A LUZ       
First Line: I am gathering myself
Last Line: No, I am gathering light, not from the moon %or sun. No, I am gathering from within, %a light safe t


DAYDREAMS: TRAVELER, WIFE       
First Line: Dozing in the warm perfume
Last Line: My beak would open slowly, %hiss, hiss


DEAR FRIDA       
First Line: We're stuck on you, on thorns you press
Last Line: Hair, your hair, around your face, crackles, blazes
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


DEPRESSION DAYS (1)       
First Line: He buys the dark
Last Line: This country, of the price of eggs and names and skin
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


DESCENT INTO BOCA DEL LAGARTO       
First Line: With trust we enter its gaping mouth, black
Last Line: Eyes open to this mundo caprichoso
Subject(s): Chicanos


DESERT IS MY MOTHER       
First Line: I say feed me
Last Line: The desert is my strong mother
Variant Title(s): Mi Madr


DESERT MOCKINGBIRD       
First Line: Even on sunday
Last Line: And just let the sounds slide up %and out
Subject(s): Chicanos


DESERT PILGRIMAGE       
First Line: A few more steps, old feet
Last Line: Creosote leaves to soothe %sore throats, and golden %pollen crystals, incense %I burn all year to he


DESERT WOMEN       
First Line: Desert women know %about survival
Last Line: When we bloom, we stun


DISCOVERED       
First Line: She feared his eyes
Last Line: And her lover's eyes would unbutton %her dress again


DIVISADERO STREET, SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: I watch a woman play with light
Last Line: I watch the woman, a tender %of possibilities, daily squeeze%one more stem into her plot


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


DOMINICAN GOLD       
First Line: They wade into the river
Last Line: When their hands, dark and knobby as wet twigs, %fill with aloud light
Variant Title(s): Gol
Subject(s): Gold


DON JAIME       
First Line: In the pale tangle of light and leaf
Last Line: With ancient teas, pale green steam %which if inhaled with closed eyes %make us wonder %where we've


DONA FELICIANA       
First Line: Ven. Come inside. Es mi casa
Last Line: I hung my blue tin pot beside my door
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


DREAM       
First Line: Village women say orange blossoms melt
Last Line: The flowers for my hair and whisper, %'don't tell, don't tell, don't tell'


DREAM BABIES       
First Line: Night after night I hold them
Last Line: My voice%her voice%our voice %brown, black, or white %mysterious as yeast, rises


EATING CROCODILES       
First Line: Coconut mountains, %sticky chocolate bricks
Last Line: Sweet on our lips
Subject(s): Food And Eating


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


EL NACIMIENTO       
First Line: Va-mos to-dos a be-len
Last Line: May hope be born again
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 RIO GRANDE       
First Line: Maybe la llorona is el rio grande
Last Line: Like the morning star
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


EL SANTO NINO DE ATOCHA       
First Line: My neighbor says she's very sorry
Last Line: Pursuing good, wear out our shoes
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


ELENA       
First Line: My spanish isn't enough
Last Line: For if I stop trying, I will be deaf %when my children need my help
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


EMERGENCY ROOM       
First Line: He clothed me in bruises
Last Line: You can look and touch %I m blue neck to knee %he clothed me in bruises


EYE OF TEXAS       
First Line: Is white
Last Line: The only smell is white- %tongued, twanging children


FAMILY TIES       
First Line: Though I shop for designer jeans
Last Line: Which I would add to the white stack %at the bottom of my closet


FE TZOTZIL       
First Line: Safe in her turquoise rebozo
Last Line: Entre sombras de ceniza
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


FEEDING THE WINDS       
First Line: Stories pass like genes through families
Last Line: To grandchildren now asleep in his words
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


FENCES       
First Line: Mouths full of laughter
Last Line: My mother roared like the ocean, %'no. No. It's their beach.%it's their beach.'


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


FIRST LOVE       
First Line: Her brown eyes circle
Last Line: But I hide watching her %eyes circle, circle


FLOOD: A HUICHOL MYTH       
First Line: His feet were strangers
Last Line: With the leaves about the time %she stroked his cheek with her paw, %about the great rain


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


FOR GEORGIA O'KEEFFE       
First Line: I want %to walk
Last Line: To unfold %giant blooms
Subject(s): O'keeffe, Georgia (1887-1986)


FOREIGN SPOOKS       
First Line: Released full-blast into the autumn air
Last Line: Startle sleeping farm wives, %sashaying raccoons, and even %the old harvest moon


FRENZY       
First Line: Safe they looked
Last Line: Our bodies sinking %into the smell of pineapple, mangoes, %drums, heat %heat, heat %yellow, ripe


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


GENTLE COMMUNION       
First Line: Even the long-dead are willing to move
Last Line: I know not to bite or chew. I wait %for the thick melt, %our private green honey
Subject(s): Language; Memory


GOBLIN       
First Line: We laughed double that night
Last Line: When the wind gobbled my words


GOOD-BYES       
First Line: How loud they are
Last Line: From our heavy pulse


GRADUATION MORNING       
First Line: She called him lucero, morning star
Last Line: Tears slide down her wrinkled cheeks. %her eyes, luceros, stroke his face


HEAR THE MUSIC       
Last Line: To bring their appetite
Subject(s): Desert Animals


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


HERE COME THE MUSICIANS       
Last Line: We'll soon start to sway
Subject(s): Desert Animals


HONDURAN GHOSTS       
First Line: They look like ghosts
Last Line: Of their own fingers


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


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


ILLEGAL ALIEN       
First Line: Socorro, you free me
Last Line: I am the alien here


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


IMMIGRANTS       
First Line: Wrap their babies in the american flag
Last Line: Our boy, our girl, our fine american %boy our fine american girl
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - 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


IN THE BLOOD       
First Line: The brown-eyed child
Last Line: To a rhythm only those %who love can hear


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


IT MAY BE DANGEROUS       
First Line: No sound. The child watches us
Last Line: Holding a mouth in my hand. There is no sound
Subject(s): Chicanos


JANUARY IN CINCINNATI       
First Line: I unlock a cold house
Last Line: And laugh, lips round, red tongues loud in the sun
Subject(s): Chicanos


JUAN       
First Line: Their superstitions branded him
Last Line: And his tears %rippled the smooth surface of the water


KHAJURAHO       
First Line: Rupee, rupee'
Last Line: The young voices pure as bells, %'rupee, rupee,' %become an alien sound


LA BUENA PASTORA       
First Line: Santa maria, madre mia, your sparrows tugged
Last Line: Like your sparrows, I raise my voice in praise
Subject(s): Saints


LA BUENA PASTORA: THE GOOD SHEPHERDESS       
First Line: This is a thirsty land
Last Line: This is the thirsty land


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


LA DULCERIA       
First Line: Released into the season
Last Line: Season of suckings and burrowings %nectar irresistible
Subject(s): Chicanos


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 MIGRA       
First Line: Let's play la migra
Last Line: You do not understand %get ready
Subject(s): Chicanos; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


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


LA MUERTE       
First Line: You don't belong, fea dona sebastiana
Last Line: In their words, shining, like candles
Subject(s): Saints


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


LA SAGRADA FAMILIA       
First Line: We are like butterflies
Last Line: Our family honeycombs
Subject(s): Saints


LA VIA CRUCIS       
First Line: Again I'll walk with you, dear lord. Forgive me
Last Line: To forget my old self, to let my light shine through
Subject(s): Saints


LA VISITACION       
First Line: Our stomachs bumped
Last Line: To joy, to sharing %this life
Subject(s): Saints


LEARNING ENGLISH: CHORUS IN MANY VOICES       
First Line: I feel like a small child
Last Line: But doing my best %to express %me


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


LESSON 1       
First Line: The desert is powerless
Last Line: Don't fear your hot tears %cry away the storm, then listen, listen


LESSON 2       
First Line: Small, white fairies dance
Last Line: Burst through the surface %dance


LET US HOLD HANDS       
First Line: Let us now hold hands
Last Line: Around our petaled home, this earth, let us hold hands
Subject(s): Chicanos


LETTING GO       
First Line: At first the cages frightened her
Last Line: Frightening her yet tempting her %to join their frenzy


LEYENDA       
First Line: They say there was magic at tula
Last Line: Small green and red feathers %landed on indian heads


LIMPIEZA       
First Line: Uno, dos, tres
Last Line: Push the dirt out, sweep again and again %till her arms ached


LITANY TO THE DARK GODDESS       
First Line: Coatlicue, mother of all gods
Last Line: We're straining to hear
Subject(s): Chicanos


LIZARDS STIR TASTY DISHES       
Last Line: Lizards plot and plan %our delicious hullabaloo
Subject(s): Desert Animals


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


LLANTOS DE LA LLORONA: WARNINGS FROM THE WAILER       
First Line: Every family has one
Last Line: Never underestimate the power of the voice
Subject(s): Chicanos


LOS ANCIANOS       
First Line: They hold hands %as they walk with slow steps
Last Line: Of holding hands with one man for fifty years


LOS ANGELES DE LA GUARDA       
First Line: Such days, I know you're here
Last Line: I'll join the light
Subject(s): Saints


LOS BRAZOS DEL RIO       
First Line: Brincaron aqui, the guide says
Last Line: Watch the children
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


LOSS OF CONTROL       
First Line: For me it was an adventure
Last Line: For at the center of the quilt %slept a coiled snake


LOVE RITUAL       
First Line: In mexico the dead are lured
Last Line: And you'll be pulled %back too. And maybe stay


LURE       
First Line: The octopus on the platter moved
Last Line: We talk and laugh, you say, completely unaware
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


MAESTRO       
First Line: He hears her %when he bows
Last Line: Sweet on the tongue


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


MALINCHE'S TIPS: PIQUE FROM MEXICO'S MOTHER       
First Line: My face isn't red
Last Line: Hating your mother %ruins your skin
Subject(s): Chicanos


MAMA SPELL       
First Line: Leave your storyless books, you three
Last Line: Come. Dance in the light of the moon
Subject(s): Chicanos


MAN       
First Line: Like faceless figures they come
Last Line: The icy glint of a thousand angry pins
Subject(s): Chicanos


MANGO JUICE       
First Line: Eating mangoes %on a stick
Last Line: Your toes warm %in the sand


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


MANGOS Y LIMONES (1)       
First Line: The story is about swellings and slick slidings
Last Line: Her mouth full of her own stories
Subject(s): Chicanos


MANGOS Y LIMONES (2)       
First Line: This is a story about transformations, about swellings
Last Line: Her mouth full of her own stories


MATCH       
First Line: The flash %lights the wick
Last Line: To sing its quiet song


MAYAN HEAT       
First Line: She had often dreamed of snow
Last Line: Gazed up at him, and the ice fires %in the sky burned her skin


MAYAN WARNING       
First Line: Stay away from that tree
Last Line: To the bark and the leaves %as I'll squeeze you tonight


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


MAYBE       
First Line: If I stretch myself tall
Last Line: Maybe he'll forget it's just me %hiding inside


METAMORFOSIS       
First Line: Topless
Last Line: In ripples of light
Subject(s): Chicanos


MEXICAN MAID       
First Line: Would the moon help?
Last Line: When she steeped off the dusty bus %at the entrance to her village


MIELVIRGEN       
First Line: In the slow afternoon heat she sits
Last Line: Her eyes closed, her tongue sliding %on her lips, remembering, remembering


MINI-NOVELA: ROSA Y SUS ESPINAS       
First Line: Empty as I feel, this house
Last Line: A novela of my life would be called %rosa y sus espinas or maybe the whine


MINI-NOVELA: ROSA Y SUS ESPINAS - EPISODE 1: THE FIRES       
First Line: Young, he and I scurry barefoot, heads down
Last Line: Of water, water, water, their whine, %the horseflies' whine


MINI-NOVELA: ROSA Y SUS ESPINAS - EPISODE 2: THE OTHER WOMAN       
First Line: They scuffle in a cave near the rancho
Last Line: Alone I bury his body, small like my babies. %I bury him to the whine of horseflies


MINI-NOVELA: ROSA Y SUS ESPINAS - EPISODE 3: THE RETURN       
First Line: I drag my heavy bones back to the dark house
Last Line: Heads down, into the night, into our old %jacal. I dream waves, waves of milk


MINI-NOVELA: ROSA Y SUS ESPINAS - EPISODE 4: THE SECOND MAN       
First Line: Cautious as rats, my children watch me
Last Line: One day he slips away like a shadow. %now I stroke my face to sleep


MINI-NOVELA: ROSA Y SUS ESPINAS - EPISODE 5: THE SURVIVAL       
First Line: In the early light the horseflies hover
Last Line: For the border, her feet cramped in %someone's scuffed high heels


MINI-NOVELA: ROSA Y SUS ESPINAS - EPISODE 6: THE PRESENT       
First Line: Each night I kneel and sway
Last Line: I raise the volume until %I can't hear the whine


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


MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS       
First Line: The arm-in-arm-mother-daughter-stroll
Last Line: Always the bodytalk thick, %always the recipes %hints for feeding %more with less


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


MOUTHFULS OF FLAVORS       
Last Line: With friends and family
Subject(s): Desert Animals


MUSH       
First Line: How's life?' the question tugs
Last Line: Glass of water, until I feel like me.'


MY WORD-HOUSE       
First Line: The walls grow out of the desert
Last Line: Of water. La luna hums with the earth's dark %rhythms, hums lullabies of yellowed lace


MYSTERY       
First Line: In cuba women smile all day
Last Line: On the tongue. They smile when their children march %by in uniform, all in step, all smiling


NAPPING SUNDAY AFTERNOON       
First Line: What does he dream
Last Line: The little boy asleep, not in the haystack %on the street
Subject(s): Chicanos


NEW WIFE       
First Line: She hides all day in loose clothes
Last Line: Looks through his eyes, %bites on the finger he puts between her lips


NEW YORK: 2 A.M.       
First Line: Your sleep and sirens
Last Line: Leaves breathe slowly near your face, %insistent roots coil up your legs, %two eyes pierce %you awak


NO SUBSTITUTES       
First Line: Don't bother,' I snap
Last Line: What did I bury?


NOCTEZUMA II       
First Line: Slit chests bored him
Last Line: In the large bowl where he now saw %red blooms pulsing, pulsing


NOW AND THEN, AMERICA       
First Line: Who wants to rot %beneath dry, winter grass
Last Line: Will continue right above my bones


NUESTRA SENORA DE GUADALUPE       
First Line: In her bed, she waited for light. Her voice rising
Last Line: A woman whose prayers dance and sing
Subject(s): Saints


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


NUESTRA SENORA DE LA ANUNCIACION       
First Line: Rejoice! The angel gabriel said
Last Line: May the holy spirit glow in us
Subject(s): Saints


NUESTRA SENORA DE LOS DOLORES       
First Line: Seven swords pierced through your mother heart
Last Line: Open my ears to the wounded hearts who suffer
Subject(s): Saints


NUESTRO SENOR CRUCIFICADO       
First Line: I couldn't sleep so came
Last Line: Fold into me those in need
Subject(s): Saints


NUNCA, NUNCA       
First Line: In any dark, I feel his small hands slowly rub my
Last Line: The tree. Mama whispers, nunca. Nunca. Never trust the dark
Subject(s): Chicanos


NUNS       
First Line: I couldn't resist the great folds of hushed
Last Line: For the me who would live in those black, %soap-smelling folds, those safe, uniform collars


OASIS       
First Line: To avoid the sting
Last Line: Crimson sky -- candles float %like stars, like you
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


ODE TO PIZZA       
First Line: Yeast pillow %sailing
Last Line: Our gold floating globe


OFFICIAL LINE       
First Line: Bienvenidos, welcome, welcome, my honored guests
Last Line: Hostesses, sweet-talk of money's hum
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


OFRENDA FOR LOBO       
First Line: Come, fierce guardian angel
Last Line: You, entangle me. Come. Visit, if only for this night
Subject(s): Chicanos


OLD ANGER       
First Line: I didn't believe he loved that woman
Last Line: Ten years he has shuffled through these rooms, %but I live alone, inside myself. %my old anger warms


OLD CRONE       
First Line: Black bandana hid her hair
Last Line: Which let me study her at rest, %see how small she was. Now %she sleeps for months at a time


OLD LIZARDS WHISPER CUENTOS       
Last Line: Long after our bedtime.'
Subject(s): Desert Animals


ON FIRE       
First Line: He holds girls' voices
Last Line: He stands there silent in the sun %holds each voice, strokes its clear %rising, light whispers betwe


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


ONE POTATO       
First Line: She buys a potato
Last Line: That given time, ripen
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


ORACION A LOS SANTOS       
First Line: At sixteen I began to pray to you, old friends
Last Line: To find me a husband soon. Ah, men. Amen
Subject(s): Saints


ORAL HISTORY       
First Line: You're dead but your voice spins
Last Line: Of you and rest peacefully %in your warmth


ORDER       
First Line: If each family member gets one story
Last Line: Years later in india when I saw a man mowing %tender grasses growing out of a lake


OTHER JOURNEYS       
First Line: A white dwarf
Last Line: The white bull %nose moist, breath warm %still stares at me,%beckons


OTHER WOMAN       
First Line: There's a woman who searches
Last Line: Children who burrow, steamy animals %in the dark. This woman dances %only with her brothers


PERFUME       
First Line: How do we scrub away this blood
Last Line: They'll wake shaking in the dark, %crying, 'mama! Mama!'


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


PERUVIAN CHILD       
First Line: Still in the middle of my path is the child
Last Line: Mud-crusted hands or feet or face, %not to hold her, the child in our arms


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


PESCADOTE       
First Line: What think you, old fish
Last Line: To the gathering wind
Subject(s): Chicanos


PETALS       
First Line: Have calloused her hands
Last Line: Which she'd stroke gently, over and over again %with her smooth fingertips


PICTURESQUE: SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS       
First Line: No one told me about the bare feet
Last Line: Women's backs. No one told me about the children %who know to open their smiles %as they open their


PLOT       
First Line: I won't let him hit her. I won't
Last Line: She must use the ring. %I don't want to split his throat


POINSETTIA       
First Line: You grew green and ignored
Last Line: That tear %stained your green leaves red


PROBING       
First Line: If we were a wound
Last Line: The baths, canals, reservoirs I dig and probe, %the necessary water cooling and cleansing thousands


PUESTA DEL SOL       
First Line: The gray-haired woman wiped her hands on her
Last Line: She found a geranium in bloom, wine bloom, %her wine on a saturday night


PUSHING 100       
First Line: I'm eating ugly today, she says
Last Line: Chocolate bavarian mint pie, two cups %of hot coffee


RELUCTANT DEATH       
First Line: We all know anger, %how suppressed it seeps
Last Line: With holy water from her eyes


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


RITUALS       
First Line: Our children came for our hands
Last Line: All day we linger at our door. My days are nights. %I've learned to feel my way


RIVER OF WOMEN       
Last Line: Who dream in the sun
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


SAME SONG       
First Line: While my sixteen-year-old-son sleeps
Last Line: Peers into the mirror, mirror and frowns too


SAN ANTONIO DE PADUA       
First Line: Por favor, a little nod this morning
Last Line: Like yours, may our tongues burn with faith
Subject(s): Saints


SAN CRISTOBAL       
First Line: Do you too miss the old days
Last Line: Help your carmen across the treacherous river to faith
Subject(s): Saints


SAN FRANCISCO DE ASIS       
First Line: Brother sun, a warm greeting
Last Line: And pray to learn the joy of praising
Subject(s): Saints


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


SAN JOSE       
First Line: I wonder if fathers above congregate
Last Line: How playfulness, like prayer, sweetens the day
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 MARTIN DE PORRES       
First Line: Can I sing you, brother martin
Last Line: That hold our fragrant selves within
Subject(s): Saints


SAN MIGUEL ARCANGEL       
First Line: From ese feo
Last Line: From our evil %deliver us
Subject(s): Saints


SAN PASCUAL BAILON       
First Line: San pascual pastorcito
Last Line: And also your practical culinary trickery
Subject(s): Saints


SAN RAFAEL       
First Line: Saint raphael, entrusted to foresee
Last Line: On our winding and uncertain journey
Subject(s): Saints


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)


SAN YSIDRO LABRADOR       
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): Saints


SANTA ANA       
First Line: Rru-rru-que-rru-rru
Last Line: Grace, the music inside %tan tan
Subject(s): Saints


SANTA BARBARA       
First Line: Forgive the knife, dear santita
Last Line: For quiet, inner light
Subject(s): Saints


SANTA CLARA       
First Line: Ve-ni cre-a-tor spi-ri-tus
Last Line: Santa clara, hear my prayer
Subject(s): Saints


SANTA GERTRUDIS LA MAGNA       
First Line: One day you appeared
Last Line: Ay, gran santa, teach us this habit of releasing our %hearts
Subject(s): Saints


SANTA LIBRADA       
First Line: I hide you in a drawer. No female bodies
Last Line: Of women who honor their mystery
Subject(s): Saints


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 MARIA MAGDALENA       
First Line: Her sins, which are many are forgiven
Last Line: Help me to release my fire, to feel its sanctity
Subject(s): Saints


SANTA RITA       
First Line: Wind, rain, fog this morning
Last Line: So from within, their holy spirit will shine
Subject(s): Saints


SANTA ROSA DE LIMA       
First Line: Your name blooms in our mouths, rosita
Last Line: Soften me into a garden of light
Subject(s): Saints


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)


SANTA TERESA DE AVILA       
First Line: If I had not been so wicked
Last Line: Forever, ever and ever
Subject(s): Saints


SANTA TERESA DELISIEUX       
First Line: Rose bushes are miracles
Last Line: The green mystery within
Subject(s): Saints


SECRET       
First Line: The clever twist %is pouring the tears
Last Line: Pulling out %a bloomin' poem


SEMINAR       
First Line: Words fell like snow
Last Line: The melt %sweet as red wings lifting %from the brambles, as the flight


SENIOR CITIZEN TRIO       
First Line: They carry their words into the activity room
Last Line: We won't live forever, ya know. %it's good to save the stories.'


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


SENORA X NO MORE       
First Line: Straight as a nun I sit
Last Line: I carve my crooked name, and again at night %until my hand and arm are sore, %I carve my crooked nam
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


SHADOW       
First Line: Tapping. On the window an insistent
Last Line: Those dark, kindly creatures, the summer my father died
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


SILENCE LIKE COOL SAND       
First Line: First lie in it
Last Line: Listen to free rhythms play [or, the roar]


SLY WOMAN (1)       
First Line: The woman who hides from me is sly
Last Line: And vanishes in my fingers
Subject(s): Chicanos


SLY WOMAN (2)       
First Line: The woman who hides from me is sly, but careless
Last Line: Strumming my fingers with its song


SOLA       
First Line: I wanted to dance through life
Last Line: On ice, to music no one else has heard %arms free


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


SONRISAS       
First Line: I live in a doorway
Last Line: In their dark, mexican eyes


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


SPRING SHINING       
First Line: What does he think
Last Line: As if always speaking to herself
Subject(s): Chicanos


SPRING TONIC       
First Line: He had been her winter secret
Last Line: Sipping it slowly %listening to her blood sing


STILL LIFE       
First Line: Still hearing dawn
Last Line: To watch the stars come out, %to watch the girls. %spring again


STRONG WOMEN       
First Line: Some women hold me when I need to dream
Last Line: Strong women, teach me courage to esteem


STUBBORN WOMAN       
First Line: You know her
Last Line: We can buy listerine, mints, that new hand %cream that removes wrinkles, cologne %if it's on sale


SUCH MASHING AND SMASHING       
Last Line: As the musicians play
Subject(s): Desert Animals


SUENO DE MIEL       
First Line: Clear as sun-
Last Line: In a patient %ear
Subject(s): Chicanos


SUENOS: DREAMS       
First Line: She dreams her hands are feathered
Last Line: On a hot afternoon, and she too %rises into the sun %light as a dandelion plume, %in silent laughter


SUGAR       
First Line: Quieren una coca?' my father's payday
Last Line: Down my back and my dark american legs


SWEET WINE       
First Line: Since no wings could outrace the wind
Last Line: And when the moon rose %they tumbled all %night, silent, amorous whirls


SYSTEM       
First Line: Mama, night is never pure
Last Line: And one sweet orange. I watch their fragile %legs, their lines, silent, staring at %cement, thousand


TAJ MAHAL       
First Line: Like love it rises
Last Line: Some mornings shimmering %like a lotus %floating in this earth


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


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


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


TEENAGERS       
First Line: One day they disappear
Last Line: Familiar skin now stretched on long bodies %that move past me %glowing almost like pearls
Subject(s): Loss


TEJEDORA MAYA       
First Line: You too know the persistent buzz
Last Line: Your hands, your mother's hands %your grandmother's hands %unleash frogs and flowers %older than you


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


THERE WAS A WOMAN       
First Line: Your guilt tastes bitter
Last Line: Childish in a woman's mouth
Subject(s): Chicanos


THROWING THE VOICE       
First Line: In her room alone, she looks for it
Last Line: Again for what she lost, that small thing, %smooth and shiny as bear fur
Subject(s): Sickness


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


TIGUA ELDER       
First Line: How do I tell my children
Last Line: There is worse than pain. %there is forgetting %those are my eyes in the mirror. %there is forgettin


TO FRIEND FISH, BIRD CHATTERS       
Last Line: On some yellow daybreak
Subject(s): Desert Animals


TO MY SON       
First Line: Such an empty backyard
Last Line: On howling nights clanging, clanging


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


TOMAS RIVERA       
First Line: They knew so much, his hands
Last Line: Us yet say, 'now you.'


TONIGHT, YOUNG AND OLD       
Last Line: Join in the fiesta, %the delicious hullabaloo
Subject(s): Desert Animals


TOO MANY EYES       
First Line: Once high in the karakorams
Last Line: Pulled my hair back %with one quick twist, %hid in my wrinkled clothes


TORNABE       
First Line: Waves swell warm as mothermilk
Last Line: To drum's old pulse. Tornabe on the sand by the sea
Subject(s): Chicanos


TREE-WISDOM       
First Line: Its steady claws dig
Last Line: A tree surprises itself, year after year, %climbs its rings,%climbs itself


TWO WOMEN       
First Line: They had opted for laughing
Last Line: Maybe in the spring %when the cholla shimmers %dance together in the white of the moon?


TWO WORLDS       
First Line: Bi-lingual, bi-cultural %able to slip from 'how's life'
Last Line: Of being pre-judged bi-laterally
Variant Title(s): Legal Alie


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)


TZIMIN CHAAK       
First Line: Rise, sweet horse, gather your resting bones
Last Line: You and I, gallop wild with the wind
Subject(s): Chicanos


UMM, SMELL THE MANGOES       
Last Line: Hungry lagartijas, %we'll gobble anything
Subject(s): Desert Animals


UN CUENTO DE AGUA SANTA       
First Line: The king frowned, of course
Last Line: And bloomed wet again, again, and again
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


UNIVERSITY AVENUE       
First Line: We are the first
Last Line: Our people burn deep within us


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


UNREFINED       
First Line: The desert is no lady
Last Line: Digs her nails into all flesh. %her unveiled lust fascinates the sun


VEILED       
First Line: If before the mullah's morning call
Last Line: Or will sighs rise, %heavy, dark like storm clouds?


VILLAGE THERAPY       
First Line: Sly grandmother waits until the family leaves
Last Line: Abuelita dozes, too tired %from her day of talking to say more


VOICE       
First Line: Even the lights on the stage unrelenting
Last Line: In the next generation. Your breath moves %through the family like the wind %moves through the trees


WEIGHT OF A LIFE       
First Line: The darting comet streaks in
Last Line: How to let another float within the palms
Subject(s): Chicanos


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


WHEN LIZARDS HEAR MUSIC       
Last Line: Join us on this orange night.'
Subject(s): Desert Animals


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


WITNESS       
First Line: She gathers quiet around her
Last Line: And as she speaks we feel our tongues, %heavy, hiding, unwilling to utter %the truths we know


YOUNG SOR JUANA       
First Line: I'm three and cannot play away my days
Last Line: My hands are strong, and from within I rule