By Pat Mora
Like Sonia Sanchez and Sandra Cisneros, Pat Mora attracts on oral and lyrical traditions; she reclaims the historical past and tradition of her Mexican roots, specially actual and imagined Mexican ladies of the previous, from a tribute to Frida Kahlo to an interview with an Aztec goddess.
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One wrong word or look from any one of them doubles me over, and I've had four hundred and one, no anesthetic. Near them I'm like a snail with no shell on a sizzling day. They started yelling, "Wicked, wicked," and my daughter, right there with them, my wannabe warrior boy. Kill. Their mother? All I'd done was press that feathered softness into me. Rule 6: Listen to inside voices. You mothers know about the baby in a family, right? Maybe the best. But as my name is Coatlicue, he did. That unborn child, that started as a ball of feathers all soft green and gold, heard my woes, and spoke to me.
These fathoms, home, yours and your babies'. With no vocal cords, you all sing the same song, the sea pressing you to rise again. We wait to see your fist of an eye, a creature who sings where it can't breathe. Page 9 Another Brown Man Startling as blood from a pinprick, my tears, pull me to him, away from hipsway, drumbeats, música cubana. Like yours. His chuckles curl with his cigar smoke, his teases to girls in nearby shops, "Oye, linda," banter familiar as the work, rhythm I remember. Your body, solid as an álamo, we can never trust again.
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Agua Santa: Holy Water by Pat Mora