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Poem-A-Day: Rosa Alcala, Fushigi na Chicharron

March 31, 2011

Today's poem is copyright © 2011 by Rosa Alcala. Used with permission of the author.

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    Fushigi na Chicharrón
    by Rosa Alcala

    (for Sergio Mondragón)


    The body's hidden face
    removed of its excesses
    is cooked into a codex
    that reads:
    this little piggy went to market
    this little piggy
    piled high
    what's meant by surface.

    Everywhere a nation awaits,
    a cardboard raft
    soaks through. Everywhere is
    a drink of water
    swimming with the dead:

    Leagues that can't be reached
    or spoken.


    A man in the plaza
    sweats beneath
    the synthetic hide
    of historical sacrifice
    and does a dance
    making tourists
    in t-shirts
    so alive.

    Far north
    an altar will be built
    for the seamstress
    forgotten in piecing
    such garments.


    The question, as we sit
    by the grill, becomes:
    What is the real animal
    between us?

    What skin do we stretch,
    scrape and tension with
    our desire
    for expansion? For books
    that leap like bodies
    not our own?

    So we can never end
    with more or less
    than this: What
    does it mean to start here,
    with a taco de chicharrón,
    as if to say "fushigi na en"
    the encounter and consumption of skin
    launches every ship?

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