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  • Pantoum for The Movement for Black Lives, and: pantoum for asians in america, march 2021
  • Melinda Luisa de Jesús (bio)

Pantoum for The Movement for Black Lives

America, where are Black folks allowed to be?Why are you calling the police?Two Black men wait for a friend at StarbucksHe just wanted Skittles and iced tea

Why are you calling the police?Holding his phone in his grandma's backyardHe just wanted Skittles and iced teaShe forgot to signal a lane change

Holding his phone in his grandma's backyardTwo Black men wait for a friend at StarbucksShe forgot to signal a lane changeAmerica, when can Black folks live free?

May 9, 2018

forDonte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, 2018Stephon Clark, 2018Sandra Bland, 2015Trayvon Martin, 2012and all killed through America's racial terrorAshe!

Black Lives Matter [End Page 340]

pantoum for asians in america, march 2021

america, where are asian folks allowed to be?the nurse was just waiting for her trainlola was just on her way to Massgrandpa was out on his morning walk

the nurse was just waiting for her trainsix aunties going about their normal daylola was just on her way to Massand grandma was just waiting for a bus

six aunties going about their normal daylola was just on her way to Massand grandma was just waiting for a busamerica, when can asian folks live free?

For

"tiffany," San Jose, March 10, 2021Vilma Kari, NYC, March 29, 2021Pak Ho, Oakland, March 12, 2021Soon Chung Park, Atlanta, March 16, 2021Hyun Jung Grant, Atlanta, March 16, 2021Suncha Kim, Atlanta, March 16, 2021Yong Ae Yue, Atlanta, March 16, 2021Xiaojie Tan, Atlanta, March 16, 2021Daoyou Feng, Atlanta, March 16, 2021Xiao Zhen Xie, San Francisco, March 17, 2021

and all victims of anti-asian violencemakibaka

March 31, 2021 [End Page 341] [End Page 342]

Melinda Luisa de Jesús

Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Associate Professor and former Chair of Critical Ethnic Studies at California College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Filipinx/American culturalproduction, girl culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States. She edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory, the first collection of Filipina/American feminisms (Routledge 2005); her first collection of poetry, peminology, was published by Paloma Press in 2018. As a US-UK Fulbright Visiting Scholar in 2012, Melinda convened the first international girl studies conference "After Girl Power: What's Next?" at the University of York, UK (https://aftergirlpower2012.tumblr.com/). In Spring 2019 Melinda was the Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professor at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she organized the Pinay Power II: Celebrating Peminisms in the Diaspora conference, the first gathering of Canadian Filipinas in the diaspora (http://pinaypower.ca/)

Melinda is also a classically-trained mezzo-soprano, an Aquarian, and a mom who loves hard liquor and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty. More about her at peminist.com.

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