dimanche 23 juillet 2017

cadran terrestre n°18 : "Mexican is not a noun or an adjective..."

to forty-six UC Santa Cruz students and
seven faculty arrested in Watsonville for
showing solidarity with two thousand
striking cannery workers who were mostly
Mexican women, October 27, 1985

“Mexican”
is not
a noun
or an
adjective


“Mexican”
is a life
long
low-paying
job


a check
mark on
a welfare
police
form


more than
a word
a nail in
the soul
but


it hurts
it points
it dreams
it offends
it cries


it moves
it strikes
it burns
just like
a verb

Francisco X. Alarcon, The Other Side of Night
University of Arizona Press

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