Friday, February 02, 2007

Silent Poetry Reading.

I was reminded by Ashley and Nancy that today is the Second Annual Brigid in Cyberspace Poetry Reading. I'm not working at home, so I'm not able to look through my books. Which is a good test of seeing which poems really stick with you, even after months or years of not having read them. So I went looking for this on the internets (meaning typos and missing accent marks, apologies to the poet).

I present to you another Sandra Cisneros poem. What can I say? She's da bomb.

"You Bring Out The Mexican In Me"

You bring out the Mexican in me.
The hunkered thick dark spiral.
The core of a heart howl.
The bitter bile.
The tequila lagrimas on Saturday all
through next weekend Sunday.
You are the one I'd let go the other loves for,
surrender my one-woman house.
Allow you red wine in bed,
even with my vintage linens.
Maybe. Maybe.

For you.

You bring out the Dolores del Rio in me.
The Mexican spitfire in me.
The raw navajas, glint and passion in me.
The raise Cain and dance with the rooster-footed devil in me.
The spangled sequin in me.
The eagle and serpent in me.
The mariachi trumpets of the blood in me.
The Aztec love of war in me.
The fierce obsidian of the tongue in me.
The berrinchuda, bien-cabrona in me.
The Pandora's curiosity in me.
The pre-Columbian death and destruction in me.
The rainforest disaster, nuclear threat in me.
The fear of fascists in me.
Yes, you do. Yes, you do.

You bring out the colonizer in me.
The holocaust of desire in me.
The Mexico City '85 earthquake in me.
The Popocatepetl/Ixtaccihuatl in me.
The tidal wave of recession in me.
The Agustin Lara hopeless romantic in me.
The barbacoa taquitos on Sunday in me.
The cover the mirrors with cloth in me.

Sweet twin. My wicked other,
I am the memory that circles your bed nights,
that tugs you taut as moon tugs ocean.
I claim you all mine,
arrogant as Manifest Destiny.
I want to rattle and rent you in two.
I want to defile you and raise hell.
I want to pull out the kitchen knives,
dull and sharp, and whisk the air with crosses.
Me sacas lo mexicana en mi,
like it or not, honey.

You bring out the Uled-Nayl in me.
The stand-back-white-bitch-in me.
The switchblade in the boot in me.
The Acapulco cliff diver in me.
The Flecha Roja mountain disaster in me.
The dengue fever in me.
The Alarma! murderess in me.
I could kill in the name of you and think
it worth it. Brandish a fork and terrorize rivals,
female and male, who loiter and look at you,
languid in your light. Oh,

I am evil. I am the filth goddess Tlazoltotl.
I am the swallower of sins.
The lust goddess without guilt.
The delicious debauchery. You bring out
the primordial exquisiteness in me.
The nasty obsession in me.
The corporal and venial sin in me.
The original transgression in me.

Red ocher. Yellow ocher. Indigo. Cochineal.
Pinon. Copal. Sweetgrass. Myrrh.
All you saints, blessed and terrible,
Virgen de Guadalupe, diosa Coatlicue,
I invoke you.

Quiero ser tuya. Only yours. Only you.
Quiero amarte.
Atarte. Amarrarte.
Love the way a Mexican woman loves. Let
me show you. Love the only way I know how.


At 3:32 PM, Anonymous vero said...

Ajua! Un grito para ti y la Sandra.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Kodachrome said...

Thanks for sharing Cisneros's words. Have you ever met her?

At 6:40 PM, Blogger deborah oak said...

wow. that's some poem. thank you.

At 6:45 PM, Blogger deborah oak said...

please link your poem/site on this site -
it needs to be there!!!

At 3:05 PM, Blogger floresita said...

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At 3:06 PM, Blogger floresita said...

Oh, I love Sandra - I always feel when I'm reading her writing that I'm saying "Yes, that's it - that's exactly how I feel! " :)


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