Illegals in Times of Crisis

The Mexican Andy Warhol

The Mexican Andy Warhol

“You like Andy Warhol?”, Mr. Degreif, my 12th grade art teacher, asked me once pointing at my I Shot Andy Warhol promotional movie shirt. I had no idea who Andy Warhol was. My uncle Chicho had given me the shirt, which he found at the Hollywood Out Of The Closet store...

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No Thank You, Soccer

No Thank You, Soccer

It was my mother’s idea that I joined a soccer team. The small soccer field across the street from stonewalled church in the Mexican town of Ensenada was my biggest nightmare. Every other weekend, we’d show up with our stained white t-shirts and black shorts, a...

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Teenage Immigrant Angst

Teenage Immigrant Angst

Miss Gayner was the kind of young art teacher who would stop at your desk and lean over to make suggestions in how to improve an art technique, even if her students were a bunch of unimpressed 7th graders staring at the clock eager for the lunch bell to ring. Though I...

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Ugg Boots & White Literature

Ugg Boots & White Literature

by Yosimar Reyes I’m sitting in my Early British Lit Class and clearly I am bored out of my mind. We are discussing one these stories in the Cranberry Tales or some shit. (I hate white literature!) Anyway, I am so bored I log on to see what kinda trade SF State campus...

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An Unfinished Text

An Unfinished Text

I’ve started the same text like a dozen times in an effort to find some closure. Every single time, when I think I’ve written the most perfect text that won’t make me sound goofy, I stop myself and delete the entire thing. Mostly because this happens after a night of...

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The Light Switch

The Light Switch

The poppers do its job as I walk into the maze of dark halls and white towels. A stranger gives me the look and invites me over to his room. Once inside his room, I fail to follow protocol and ask his name. “¿Qué?”, he replies. “¿Cómo te llamas?”, I ask. He looks at...

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Chilaquiles In Oakland

Chilaquiles In Oakland

Poem by Yesika Salgado Boy loves other boys, draws pictures and drinks too many drinks on a Friday night / me, girl who loves boys and writes feelings, smoked too many bowls on a Friday night / the city is Oakland / the night unfurls and we spill into a street wet...

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Feeling In Times Like These

Feeling In Times Like These

Am I not supposed to be fucking in times like these? Am I not supposed to find solace in the warmth of other bodies that are also suffering in times like these? Am I not supposed to love in times like these? I won’t stop fucking. I won’t stop finding solace. I won’t...

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Riding Around

Riding Around

Jose’s breath always smelled interesting. Think funny-ons with a hint of toothpaste. Although his english and spanish were far more advanced than everyone else Roberto had met at that school, Jose was also in Ms. Jimenez’ 7th grade ESL class. The cute cholos that...

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