Poem: Los Trastes

Sometimes, I miss washing your dishes, the intoxicating scent of Victoria’s Secret perfumes in my nostrils, the sound of salsa rhythms swimming through a floor covered in purple Mistolin. I miss your travelling nature, your inappropriate humor, your mouth, pursing with bright colored lipstick, your face adorned with make up, …

Poem: Ropes, Bottle Caps and a Finca

I wonder, at times, if my father had children with my mother to spare the pain of living with dark skin on his children. I long for the sun-kissed melanin of his ashen knuckles. For the curls that his hair blessed my sister with. I wonder what was the end …

Poem: Azucar

We – hijas de Boriken – missing self – searching for the I, pero broken. –   I think back to my childhood, the callous hands of the woman who birthed me, her hands on her face, her back slouched, The tears that travelled down her cheek. These days, I …

Selected Bibliography of My Dissertation Research

Selected Bibliography of My Dissertation Research Topic: Diasporic Puerto Rican Poetry and Music through the lens of disaster, sovereignty and aesthetics via the field of Anthropology. Anderson, Benedict R. Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism, 1983. Agamben, Giorgio. End of the Poem: Studies in Poetics. Stanford: Stanford …

Shop Black and Brown for the Holidays

Happy Holidays. Below is a list of Black and Brown owned businesses recommended by myself and my friends. I will be adding more shops as people send me links. Feel free to comment your favorite! Artwork  ArtsbyMia (Artwork, Drums, Shamanic Items) http://www.artsbymia.com Catering Sweetaboos Cakery (Essex County NJ and ships!) …

Prepping for the field…

In a matter of days, I will be making my way to Belize to begin field work in my new sites. I am all nerves. I have like 50 things to do before I am ready to leave, including buying clothes, suitcases, and just being mentally prepared.  So many anxieties. …

To all the hims that I have ever loved

To all the hims that I have ever loved, I will always love you, Dark-skinned, Light-skinned, Purple lips and pink lips, Short and muscular, Tall with a dad bod, Buddhist, Santero, Nihilist, Sailor, Doorman, Karate Master, Linguist, Black, Mixed, Dominican, Native, Scorpion, Libra, Virgos, and Sagittarius, Earth, Water, Fire, Air, …