anatomy in a mirror

(I really like playing with dialects and “improper English” because declaring black or “spanglish” English as “improper”  in comparison reinforces ideas of white hegemony and the colonizing of language and expression. Proper vs improper is bullshit. I is because I am, feel me?)



tia fills my lips.

mami squares my jaw.

abuela kinks my hair.

generations connect these brown valleys

on my skin—

identities in my finger tips.


i am


                              in me.

i is

                              so full

                              with us.



by vg

(Vanessa Gutierrez)


Artwork by Aylin Kavrakov

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