the new issue of Switchback is now live. great poems by Barbara Jane Reyes, Val Witte, and Diana Spieker. that issue is the last issue i will be one of the poetry editors ;(
i read poetry at a laundromat tonight. i learned that good poetry requires little soap. i have no idea what that means, but i try to look at the positive.
i wrote some new poems which i might include for my chapbook Informant. let me know if you think i should:if you have a chance:
Ethnic Enclaves 1
They have the best ______ outside of _______ .
Ethnic Enclaves 2
They have the best ______ this side of _______ .
Ethnic Enclaves 3
I know this great little place.
Ethnic Enclaves 4
It’s out of the way, but if you want the MOST authentic _________.
Stephanie: Thanks for calling Starbucks Upper Yorkville. This is Stephanie. How may I help you?
John: Hi Stephanie. I’m new to our community and I wanted to know if you deliver?
Stephanie: Great. Of course we deliver. We deliver to all deserving community members.
John: I live on 116th between the new Home Depot and the Empowerment Zone Projects.
Stephanie (whispers): Projects?
John: Er, I mean the Empowerment Zone Projection Homes.
Stephanie: Great. But actually we don’t deliver according to location. I’ll have to ask you some questions to see if you qualify. Do you rent or own?
John: I rent.
Stephanie (disappointed): Oh. How much do you pay in rent?
John: I pay 3000 a month for a one-bedroom. Most affordable room in the city!
Stephanie (relieved): Great. Welcome to the community sir. What would you like to order?
John: Well, what do the locals drink?
Stephanie: The historic local favorite is the Horchata Frappuccino with Dulce de Leche. The Puerto Ricans brought the recipe with them all the way from Cuba.
John: That sounds delicious and authentic. I’ll take a Venti.
Stephanie: Great. Would you like your drink ‘Latinidad’?
John: What’s that?
Stephanie: ‘Latinidad’. It just means that we add a shot of spicy chocolate syrup. And we put a little cocktail umbrella with a portrait of Che.
John: I love Che!
Stephanie: Great. From what I’ve heard from the locals, Che grew up just a few blocks from here. He went to college on scholarship, became a lawyer, and eventually bought a house in New Jersey. He’s kind of like a symbol.
John: I’m sold! Give me a shot of ‘Latinidad’! Vieva ‘Latinidad’!
Stephanie: Can I also interest you in a snack? Our Montezuma Muffins have just been pulled from the oven. They contain red bean paste, ginseng, mango chutney, sweet potato, and mole-infused icing with coconut shavings.
John: Wow! You should call it the multicultural muffin! There’s…
Stephanie (interrupts): Sir, we’re don’t like to use that word around here.
John: Er, yes. Sorry about that. I’ll take one MONTEZUMA Muffin. Sounds tasty.
Stephanie: Great. Your order will arrive in about 15-20 minutes. Our delivery boy doesn’t wear a uniform, but you’ll recognize him. He only pays 900 a month in rent. Like the locals say, ‘El Upper Yorkville es de todos’.
i heard this song: