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La Movida

Inspiration: handy stuff, if you can find it. Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta secured theirs in the revolutionary struggles of Chicana feminists and Spain’s Post-Franco queer punk movement, so this collection doesn’t play nice with fascists and colonizers. A peer sexual health educator and barista in San Francisco, Tatiana’s other collection is The Easy Body, and their work has been published in SFMOMA Open Space and Wolfman New Life Quarterly.


I, / an intellectual / once loved someone pure of heart / who let their car get towed away. // The vein that connects / my heart to my mouth / is a ribbon tied around a bomb. // I was joking when I said / that I knew how to read. // My vote was cast / for kissing by the light / of a cop car on fire. // My mother tells me that / a garden is a prison. // She was beautiful, with a face / like a melting candle; / and I’m sure well loved, / and well documented. // I know my father had nightmares / of limbs of soap / hidden among tall grasses. // There is carnage in this empty lot. // I cemented my banks / against the burning plain, / and drank the wine / that owed from the wounded hand. // All day / and all night / in complicated love. // I loved someone / who loved the spirit in the sky, / so I tried / to fall in love with the sky.

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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