Academic journal article Chicago Review

Black Backs

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Black Backs

Article excerpt

for Roberto Bolaño

I have seen your body, woman, man, in the city

I have only been seeing your human eyes

I have been near so many women wearing lipstick

On this earth we are born with cleanest skin and there are so many women

who continue wearing scarves since their teens, salt comes out

of their armpits and fingers.

After having eaten the grime from the great walls.

After wailing in grammar school, after kissing Juan Pablo's penis

when I was 10, I am afraid of moving my arms and legs.

Neither my voice nor my body have disrupted space and thus we believe

blossoming on the urban winter.

It is light that must enter in darkness, that is why these

trees have sprouted in my ears, that is why my

feminine essence has stretched out to you, so close to your sex, your

smooth, beautiful

belly. Out to you trembling, spilling for you: I have noticed that we

are similar. I love your white legs, your white arms. …

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