Tag Archives: Mexico

Border Roads

by Nina Foushee, ’15 

This poem is based on a time this past summer when I was driving on the dirt roads around Rio Rico, Arizona with a couple who live there and work regularly with immigrants. They told me that if you hit a cow and kill it, the expectation is that you reimburse the rancher to whom the cow belonged. The price of a cow’s body, as determined by its weight, made me think about the kind of concern we have for any living entity once we are tied to its economic impact. It also made me think about the fact that, working on the border for a summer, I encountered some ranchers for whom the life of a cows really did seem to hold a more pressing importance than the life of a migrant crosser.

Border Roads

We drive slowly because
if you kill a cow
you pay by the pound. Continue reading

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Nepantlera

by Aracely Mondragon, ’13

"Nepantlera" – Celia Herrera Rodriguez

quedan 4 minutos con 36 segundos en esta llamada

The process of calling my ‘ama
Acaso no vivo en esa llamada?
esperando desde el otro lado
viviendo en mi fantasía
que tengo alas y vuelo
muy pero muy cerca del sol
adonde abro mis colores
que bailo
con la mujer de libertad
prentendiendola
hasta cruzar su mirada
y otras más frías
hay a quienes
les molesta
todo mi revoloteo
me quieren enjaular
convertir mi jardin en invierno
y cuando eso pasa
solo sueño
que vuelo sur
y allí vuelvo a nacer Continue reading

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Collective Healing

by Aracely Mondragon, ’13

“Chicana Birth” by Irene Jor, ’13

My name is Aracely Mondragon and I am…

I am stories
Of arduous walks
Across a cruel and thieving desert
Of being smuggled in a stereobox
Holding your breath
Praying to the virgencita

I am fetters
On my parent’s wrists and necks
That keep them immobile
Their humanity defined
In terms of legality Continue reading

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