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"You bring Out The mexico In Me"by Sandra CisnerosYou lug out the mexico in me.The hunkered thick dark spiral.The core of a love howl.The bitter bile.The tequila l�ágrimas ~ above Saturday allthrough next weekend Sunday.You room the one I"d let go the various other loves for,surrender my one-woman house.Allow you red alcohol in bed,even v my vintage lace linens.Maybe. Maybe.For you.You bring out the Dolores del Río in me.The mexican spitfire in me.The raw navajas, glint and also passion in me.The raise Cain and also dance with the rooster-footed adversary in me.The spangled sequin in me.The eagle and serpent in me.The mariachi trumpets that the blood in me.The Aztec love of war in me.The fierce obsidian the the tongue in me.The berrinchuda, bien-cabrona in me.The Pandora"s curiosity in me.The pre-Columbian death and also destruction in me.The rainforest disaster, nuclear hazard in me.The fear of fascists in me.Yes, friend do. Yes, friend do.You bring out the colonizer in me.The holocaust of desire in me.The Mexico City "85 earthquake in me.The Popocatepetl/Ixtacc�huatl in me.The tidal wave of recession in me.The Agustí�n Lara hopeless romantic in me.The barbacoa taquitos ~ above Sunday in me.The cover the mirrors with fabric in me.Sweet twin. Mine wicked other,I am the memory that circles her bed nights,that tugs girlfriend taut as moon tugs ocean.I claim you every mine,arrogant together Manifest Destiny.I desire to rattle and rent girlfriend in two.I desire to defile you and raise hell.I want to pull the end the kitchen knives,dull and also sharp, and also whisk the air v crosses.Me sacas lo mexicana en mi,like the or not, honey.You bring out the Uled-Nayl in me.The stand-back-white-bitch-in me.The switchblade in the boots in me.The Acapulco cliff diver in me.The Flecha Roja hill disaster in me.The dengue fever in me.The ¡Alarma! murderess in me.I could kill in the name of you and thinkit precious it. Brandish a fork and also terrorize rivals,female and also male, who loiter and also look in ~ you,languid in you light. Oh,I am evil. Ns am the filth goddess Tlazolt�otl.I am the swallower of sins.The lust goddess without guilt.The delicious debauchery. You bring outthe primordial exquisiteness in me.The nasty obsession in me.The corporal and also venial sin in me.The original transgression in me.Red ocher. Yellow ocher. Indigo. Cochineal.Pi��n. Copal. Sweetgrass. Myrrh.All you saints, blessed and also terrible,Virgen de Guadalupe, diosa Coatlicue,I invoke you.Quiero ser tuya. Only yours. Only you.Quiero amarte. Aarte. Amarrarte.Love the method a Mexican woman loves. Letme present you. Love the only way I understand how.---------------------------This time around, I"m sharing a city by one of my favourite writers. Cisneros is a Mexican-American feminist poet and also author, and also this is from she 1994 poetry collection, loose Woman.It"s a steamy, sexy, sensuous love poem -- and also you can practically hear a celebratory parade in the elevator (or perhaps that"s only because I"m listening to baila ideal now). You can hear Cisneros reading her city here. I"m unable to open the attach myself, but maybe you can.The an easy structure the "You bring Out The mexican In Me" is that it"s a list poem, a lengthy reel of location names ~ above a map that the interior, if friend will. From the grandiose -- tragedies, heroines, legends -- to the an individual -- tequila tears and solitary womanhood -- a entirety plethora of memory emerges. She lover has teased all of this out of her. He has actually made it feasible for she to reach these formerly esoteric parts of herself. She is all things -- the pre-Columbian, the colonizer, the colonized, the immigrant, the second-generation Chicana. And with sass and also with tenderness, this is her response. It"s a grand, horns-blaring sort of poem, however under it all, even throughout its most audaciously in-your-face moments, is a pervasive feeling of awe and quiet gratitude -- hers is the sort of lover that restores she soul, smoothes over the scarring of life in between cultures, repairs the fractures of her past. That brings the end the mexican in she -- that brings out her deepest knowledge, and also deepest secrets."You", she says. You. For this reason it"s intimate. Who is this lover? who or what provokes Cisneros thus? walk s/he exist? possibly it doesn"t issue -- she needs the mexico in her, with all that roaring glory and its hideous grief.I am immensely influenced by Cisneros" work due to the fact that to me, she"s among the couple of writers I"ve encountered who space able to properly juxtapose a supposedly exotic identity with the supposedly more profane language of her expression. She navigates this user interface with such skill -- and an ext importantly by far -- such sincerity, which is why she deserve to offer increase the most succulent exoticism there is and never as soon as seem contrived or pandering to Orientalist tastes. And also I applaud Cisneros for preventing the use of a glossary, that many tell-tale the "exotic" devices, together doing so speak volumes about the nature of she craft. In the situation of this poem, ns personally also feel it"s unnecessary, because the spirit of the occupational shines nonetheless.And speaking of influences, I"ve review some "after" poems based upon this one (e.g. "You lug Out The Klang Valleyite In Me"). Here"s a pointer to everyone who desires to take it up: if you prefer this, why don"t we compose our own after poems modelled top top its structure and also its soul, and share them, perhaps at the Puisy-Poesy reading? A couple of examples I discovered on the internet are below (by a performance poet referred to as Bao Phi -- this one"s amazing), here (scroll every the way down) and also here (this one"s by a 6th-grader!).


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On that note, I"d also like to open up the floor again top top the topic of Puisi-Poesy readings (or, if that"s also intimidating, gatherings)... What are your thoughts? would certainly be great to hear indigenous non-contributors especially.