The Yearning Feed
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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CONT ENT S
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ACKNOWL EDGMENT S
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The author gratefully thanks the following publications in whichBlind Pen: âThe Boo Reportâ and âYou Say I Look Like Gollum fromâCherub Cherubimâ was originally published in my poetry collec-An earlier version of â1984â was published in the chapbook 1984 (Am-A version of â1984â was drawn and animated by the Brothers Cram...
THE INT ERVI EW
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A: I heard a story once about a sheepâitâs actually a story aboutis what Iâm trying to tell you. But it didnât take long beforetender buttons; but it didnât take long, you know, before theyIâve always been captivated by this story regardless if itâs...
THE DE S ERT S ERI E
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Carlosâs moms used to warn us about staring directly into the growl-ing solesaso: âA desert sun,â she said, âshouldnât ever be messedwith. That fat ass in the sky will turn on you like a wild turkey inNovember.â With this, she paused, examining her fingernails like acool-headed Shaolin Kung fu master, slowly, methodically. âShit,...
BANT ER I S AL L WE EVER NE EDED ( 1 )
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...âA gÃ¼ey, letâs just grab some eggs and tortillas so we can make somechilaquiles on this sidewalk itâs-so-damn-hot-out-here-sonofabitch-...
BANT ER I S AL L WE EVER NE EDED ( 2 )
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...cramped with 11 brown bodies headed for Mexicaliâs Caliente to placebets on the horse races, most times when those involved should haveâHey, turn up the volume on the air conditioner already, dude, itâsbeginning to smell like carne asada in this ride itâs-so-damn-hot-in-The evening you and I heard the Border Patrol found the bodies of ...
THE HAY BAL E S
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Pedro likes to recite Keats while driving 90 mph to his girlfriendDestiny writes her name on everything. Even had it on her licenseSomeone stole the Weed Rd sign way back in â84. Remember that?Itâs never been replaced. Thereâs been an official motion to changethat roadâs name every year since that sign was stolen. Officials argue...
HOW TO L IVE WI TH RUDY
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Explicitly state: Methamphetamines are not allowed in this apartment. Explicitly repeat: Methamphetamines are not allowed in this apartment. Remind Rudy that youâve been clean for six years and you DO NOTNEED any temptations. Tell Rudy your correctional officer roommate doesnot respond kindly to social deviance. Explain to Rudy that your room-...
THE SWEAT S
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...âRocky Balboa wore the classic grey sweat suit in Rocky I and kickedthe living crap out of Apollo Creed. So how are you going to argueâItâs some kind of business to be coming off of methamphetamineand sweating like I do while wearing the classic grey sweat suit mygrandmother bought me last Christmas. Itâs both hysterically funny...
THE L EC TURE
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While you read those books, youâre letting people you would never talk to if they were dying at your feet and you had a dozen tamales in your backpack. People you wouldnât even talk to at your own motherâs funeral.Ratones that have done nothing but write meaningless books, mijo, ratones.ChupacabrasthatchewonCatholicchildren in their sleep, mijo, chupacabras....
MONA’ S MANNER
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Mona? Sheâs out of this world. All the guys in her cell feel it. And inthe cells around too, and the whole prison and all the prisons inFrance. She shines. She beams. Sheâs white but she lights up thewhole two thousand cells. No oneâll ever get her down. Sheâs the realboss of the prison. All youâve got to do is see her walk . . ....
THE XOCO L E T T ERS
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US Citizen. If you want my opinion I think a government sponsoredgressors littering the desert floor with gaping bullet wounds throughtheir heads will force change in your homeland. The corrupt govern-you people breed too excessively.) America fought for its freedom,now get off your dead beat asses, fight for yours and overthrow your...
THE F ENCE S
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...fence: 1 archaic: a means of protection: DEFENSE 2 : a barrier in-tended to prevent escape or intrusion or to mark a boundary; esp:Your fence is graffitied. Your fence is a graffitied harness of light.Your fence is the most democratic art. Your fence is gloriously hor-And your fence, your fence recites the laws of thermodynamics and...
VARIAB L E F E E T
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Last night while you slept I ate the Rocky Road ice cream you hidfrom me under the bags of frozen vegetables in the freezer. The nightwas hot, and because Iâm a diabetic, I couldnât pass up the urge toyelled: What the hellâs wrong with you?He asked me if I was angry,and if so, this wasnât the way to express it. He was just trying to be...
YOU SAY I LOOK L IKE GOL LUMFROM LORD OF THE R INGS
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I say you look just like Freddy Krueger when you wake up in the morning.our disfigured faces contorting into something most would call tragic,something not even a dermabrasion treatment, Botox, or plastic surgery...
THE BOO RE PORT
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The angels have learned my name. At exactly 3 am they call Prospero!Prospero!from my balcony while pissing on my neighborâs plants.Their knees are dirty and their cheeks are smudged with earth. Onegrooms his moustache like DalÃ. Another is a tattoo artist and hasimprisoned my cat. The angels have hired a private eye who rubs his...
THE TOWE L S
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My towel is mostly orange. My towel is usually soft but when it isforgotten on the clothesline it gravitates to the island and gets hard. My towel stood up to a Tsunami once. And although it lost momen-tarily to the magnificent force of that glorious body of water, it ad-vanced, curtailing Darwinâs grey grab to live another day in this...
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In 1984 I didnât read 1984 because I was really young and couldnâtread that well. And even if I couldâve, I probably wouldnât have readit because who wants to read a big, fat boring book about a miserableIn 1984 I grew up beneath my big brother Carlosâ watchful eyes. Iâdeventually learn that my big brother Carlosâ eyes were so enlarged...
NOT E S ON THE POEMS
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...âThe Interviewâ: This is a slightly modified version of an interview pub-lished in the online journal Red Fez. The interview and article âWhy Poetry?âThe Desert Seriesâ: âSometimes I think my tongue is a desert praying forrain!â The first section quotes a poem by Benjamin Alire SÃ¡enz calledâMeditation on Living in the Desert No. 17â from his collection The Book...
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...defining the United States and Mexico reaches new heights in the diverse poetic and prose portraits found in this remarkable new collection.âauthor of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the âMexicanâ in AmericaâIn this eclectic collection, LÃ³pez brings readers to the edge of their convictions, then redraws the borders, leaving us to find our own way ...
Page Count: 120
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry
Series Editor Byline: Joyelle McSweeney and Orlando Menes