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: “The Boo Report” and “You Say I Look Like Gollum from“Cherub Cherubim” was originally published in my poetry collec-An earlier version of “1984” was published in the chapbook 1984 (Am-A version of “1984” was drawn and animated by the Brothers Cram...
THE INT ERVI EW
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A: I heard a story once about a sheep—it’s actually a story aboutis what I’m trying to tell you. But it didn’t take long beforetender buttons; but it didn’t take long, you know, before theyI’ve always been captivated by this story regardless if it’s...
THE DE S ERT S ERI E
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Carlos’s moms used to warn us about staring directly into the growl-ing solesaso: “A desert sun,” she said, “shouldn’t ever be messedwith. That fat ass in the sky will turn on you like a wild turkey inNovember.” With this, she paused, examining her fingernails like acool-headed Shaolin Kung fu master, slowly, methodically. “Shit,...
BANT ER I S AL L WE EVER NE EDED ( 1 )
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...“A güey, let’s just grab some eggs and tortillas so we can make somechilaquiles on this sidewalk it’s-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 Mexicali’s Caliente to placebets on the horse races, most times when those involved should have“Hey, turn up the volume on the air conditioner already, dude, it’sbeginning to smell like carne asada in this ride it’s-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 ’84. Remember that?It’s never been replaced. There’s been an official motion to changethat road’s 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 you’ve 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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...“Rocky Balboa wore the classic grey sweat suit in Rocky I and kickedthe living crap out of Apollo Creed. So how are you going to argue“It’s 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. It’s both hysterically funny...
THE L EC TURE
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While you read those books, you’re 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 wouldn’t even talk to at your own mother’s 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? She’s 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. She’s white but she lights up thewhole two thousand cells. No one’ll ever get her down. She’s the realboss of the prison. All you’ve 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 I’m a diabetic, I couldn’t pass up the urge toyelled: What the hell’s wrong with you?He asked me if I was angry,and if so, this wasn’t 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 neighbor’s plants.Their knees are dirty and their cheeks are smudged with earth. Onegrooms his moustache like Dalí. 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 Darwin’s grey grab to live another day in this...
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In 1984 I didn’t read 1984 because I was really young and couldn’tread that well. And even if I could’ve, I probably wouldn’t have readit because who wants to read a big, fat boring book about a miserableIn 1984 I grew up beneath my big brother Carlos’ watchful eyes. I’deventually learn that my big brother Carlos’ eyes were so enlarged...
NOT E S ON THE POEMS
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...“The Interview”: This is a slightly modified version of an interview pub-lished in the online journal Red Fez. The interview and article “Why Poetry?“The Desert Series”: “Sometimes I think my tongue is a desert praying forrain!” The first section quotes a poem by Benjamin Alire Sáenz called“Meditation on Living in the Desert No. 17” 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.”author of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America“In this eclectic collection, López 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