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Kathy
May 21, 2022
In Movies and Books
Currently reading Citizen Illegal, a book of poetry by Jose Olivarez. I keep coming back to these (Citizen) (Illegal) Mexican woman (illegal) and Mexican man (illegal) have a Mexican (illegal)-American (citizen). is the baby more Mexican or American? place the baby in the arms of the mother (lllegal). if the mother holds the baby (citizen) too long, does the baby become illegal? the baby is a boy (citizen). he goes to school (citizen). his classmates are American (citizen). he is outcast (lllegal). his "hellos" are in the wrong language (illegal). he takes the hyphen separating loneliness (Mexican) from friendship (American) and jabs it at the culprit (illegal). himself (illegal). his own traitorous tongue (illegal). his name (illegal). his mom (illegal). his dad (illegal). take a Mexican woman (illegal) and a Mexican man (illegal). if they have a baby and the baby looks white enough to pass (citizen). if the baby grows up singing Selena songs to his reflection (illegal). if the baby hides from el cucuy and la migra (illegal). if the baby (illegal) (citizen) grows up to speak broken Spanish (illegal) and perfect English (citizen). if the boy's nickname is Guerito (citizen). if the boy attends college (citizen). if the boy only dates women (illegal) of color (illegal). if the boy (illegal) uses phrases like "women of color" (citizen). if the boy (illegal) (citizen) writes (illegal) poems (illegal). if the boy (citizen) (illegal) grows up (illegal) and can only write (illegal) this story in English (citizen), does that make him more American (citizen) or Mexican (illegal)? My Parents Fold Like Luggage my parents fold like luggage into the trunk of a Toyota Tercel. stars glitter against a black sky. from the sky, the Tercel is a small lady bug traveling north. from the sky, borders do not exist. the Tercel stops in front of a man in green. stars glitter like broken glass. the night so heavy it chokes. in the trunk, it is starless. my parents protect this moment. this now. what folds them into the trunk of a Tercel. the belief that the folding will end. it doesn't. dollars fold into bills. my parents near breaking. broke. they protect what might unfold them to discover they are six: a family. if the man in green opens the trunk, the road folds back. this moment & everything that follows disappears into the ink of a police report. why doesn't he open the trunk? my parents say god blessed us. maybe they are right. but I think about that night & wonder where god was -- a million miles away in the stars, in the shared breath between my parents, maybe everywhere. maybe nowhere. from the sky, the man in green is so small it is impossible to see him wave. from the sky, it is impossible to hear whether my parents cheer or pray as the car steals north.
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Kathy
Nov 11, 2020
In Confess your infidelities
Having an Almost Famous binge the last few days and ran across this video. There are some really great behind-the-scenes stories and photos here. What a life Crowe has had. The cool Uncool. I could listen to hours more. I'd forgotten how much this movie gives me the feels, especially this magic...
Almost Famous, 20 years on content media
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Kathy
Sep 07, 2020
In Confess your infidelities
Can we have a thread about upcoming releases we're looking forward to? I've recently gotten into Travis after a friend's recommendation. They have a new album, 10 Songs, coming out Oct 10. One of the new singles is this utterly gorgeous tune. Can't believe the more lovely than ever Susanna is 61?! Also looking forward to Elizabeth Cook's new album, Aftermath, out on the 11th. What else is coming out soon?
On the Horizon content media
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