We are pleased to welcome Deniz “de!colonize” Lopez, who will be reading at our August 1st Library Reading Series event. She has agreed to share some of her work with us in advance of the event.

Peppers
A week of peppers
Stems broken off
Seared con amor

Besito
color brightened

To the aroma

Spicy
Nostrils Burning
Charred

Smokey
Skin Peeled
Mushy

Free
Week of Peppers

 

Thinly Sliced

But sufficed

Hot pico
Picame
Open My senses
Medicine
Fire Burned
Ignited

This week of Peppers

Eaten whole

Raw

Teeth

Little Bites
Chomp
Then Ground

Up

Passionate
Heat

En Mi Boca
ssssSSsssss
Tongue Floods
What Love Tastes Like

Peppers

 

To My Grandma Chia… this 2nd of November 2007

always the one to come to- for the best chisme

always the place to go- for a steaming cup of cafe

always the epicenter and queen of our existence..

 

that was chia. that is chia.

always laughing or cracking a joke

noticing how the novelas provoked- her.

to the point where she was moody all day – because Ruby was playing with Alejandro’s head..

 

she was outspoken and vulgar with

bible and rosario in hand –

and everyone knew her as the mera mera- the ultimate

devout, watch-out,

hispanic with extra mexi-slang

Guadalupana

 

always faithful to her God and her misunderstood husband

always partial to the boys

always puffing a cigarette- even when it started to kill her

always loving and happy to see you

 

she was all that is Lopez in me

she is all that’s a fighter and lover in me

always-never could anyone else be- her

my abuela Lucia- better known as Grandma Chia- on North Super.