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Saturday Stand-Off

Saturday Stand-Off It smells like chuletas en casa de Titi. My stomach gurgles, I stare at the cat; the only safe place to look. Mami’s in a slapping mood. The cat looks like Igor all joroba’o when he digs in to yawn. Titi named him Yo-Yo on account...
Wed
08
Apr
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The Two-Headed Puerto Rican

The Two-Headed Puerto Rican Spanish mouth wakes up commuters on the D train delicious dirty laugh replete with innuendo, fleshy memory and unbridled lust for telling it like it is in the mixed company of Prada and Route 66. Spanish mouth can recite...
Tue
07
Apr
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DEAR GIRL, REMEMBER

DEAR GIRL, REMEMBER Dear girl, Remember that your arrival was bloody Your mother's screams your birth song That you drowned into life This life ain't for the weak Never let your knees buckle Submission won't be your repertoire Dear girl, They will...
Tue
07
Apr
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BLOODSTAINS

BLOODSTAINS They are still trying to cover the bloodstains Bisabuela They are stomping the ground hoping the dust clouds will cover their disdain Attempting to drown chocolate skin in goat’s milk Blaming dark flecks on Spanish pixie dust Swallowing...
Tue
07
Apr
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Nuyorican Tales

Nuyorican Tales My heart beats to the rhythm of the clave Caribbean sun-kissed skin Mi piel… café con leche Evidence of a tainted ancestry Coffee bean colored… These are the eyes of my mother Raised by the Bronx Musing on medleys of salsa Pouring...
Tue
07
Apr
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La Operación

La Operación Can you hear The silent sobs of Babies crying? A generation lost Mass genocide of our future They talk in whisssssss-pers No one knows them Hundreds of thousands of Singers, writers, maestras, doctors, politicians, actors, Mothers,...
Tue
07
Apr
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THE SHOEMAKER

THE SHOEMAKER You are a shoemaker of great skill with an inherent ability to create a shoe so beautiful that one ignores the distortion of the toes, the blisters at the heel, the bunions of conformity. You did not know your father well but became...
Tue
07
Apr
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I, too, am black

I, too, am black

inspired by the late great langston hughes

Although you may find me fair With medium brown eyes And naturally weird hair Of mixed heritage too many to name...
Tue
07
Apr
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Untitled 2

Untitled 2 Life, suffering and death-- the eternal holy trinity. Already I know too much about numbers two and three and am still trying to figure out what Life really is. Is it the routine and plodding of our days, the bittersweet bread earned by...
Tue
07
Apr
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black: of color pure and true

black: of color pure and true ( dedicated to mi pana, pedro pietri, and inspired by the late malcolm x and dr. king, who inspired me to read that dictionary and to use those foreign words ) according to those cunning custodians of webster’s wicked...

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Centro Voices (ISSN: 2379-3864).
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