Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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Mi Oaxaca


I tore off the rose to weave
into my hair. A laughing
señorita
trailing
mi rebozo as we stumbled

our way to the taxi, a
mariachi
song drifting behind us. Dance steps
of gardenias and flavored
mezcals

arrived to our table in formation.
You drank the bitter, I the sweet,
we shared the last one:

café, black liquid gold.
I wanted to kneel in every church
caress every wooden or plastered saint,

be blessed by the black Madonna.
In
la basilica de la Soledad
I knelt down weeping next to

the women in their broken sandals
and flowered aprons
and braided hair.

I drew my sorrow around me
and was afraid. Did I know
I would be widowed

in two year’s time or was it
simply exhaustion?
I wanted kisses. Tightly against

the painted headboard
of
los angelitos floating above the plaza,
we folded our bodies together.

When I walked into
el Mercado
hungry for
la bruja to remove
the curse, to give me
un remedio,

un milagro, a sure-fire cure
for the urgency of suicide
that you spoke of as calmly

as ordering tea, I saw how she
gave away secrets. How the women
came and she pressed something

into their palms. Were they love
potions, spells to remove
the mistress? I stood there so full

and so empty, without 
words, running out of hope
only the heart I held up

to the lush green world and nightly
fireworks, still beating, still  longing
to be heard.


Wendy Brown-Báez is a writer, teacher, and performance poet. She is the author of Ceremonies of the Spirit (Plain View Press, 2009) and transparencies of light (Finishing Line press, 2011). Her prose and poetry have appeared in dozens of literary journals such as Borderlands: a Texas Poetry Review, Blue Collar Review, The Litchfield Review, Lavandería, Mizna, Minnetonka Review, The Awakenings Review, Poesía, The Chrysalis Reader, Wising Up Press, We-Moon datebooks, and on-line journals Big Bridges, Interfaithings, http://www.poetsagainstthewar.org/, and gulfstreampoets.com. Wendy is the creator of Writing Circles for Healing writing workshops and received 2008 and 2009 McKnight grants to teach writing workshops for at risk youth. Currently she is the after school writing instructor at Face to Face Academy. http://www.wendybrownbaez.com/


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