Sunday, December 15, 2013

Undocumented Epigramas

A few days ago I posted a FB status that poet Javier O. Huerta said reminded him of one Cardenal's epigrams or maybe it was a poem. 
My status went something like "hopefully in 2014 I'll become a U.S. citizen,"  to which Javier replied that it reminded him of this by Cardenal: 

Tal vez nos casemos este año,
amor mío, y tengamos una casita.

Y tal vez se publique mi libro,

o nos vayamos los dos al extranjero.

Tal vez caiga Somoza, amor mío.

I think Javier's comment/ reminder, points out something that is particularly poignant about Cardenal's epigrams; that is the brief but powerful force behind their message which is both personal and political and which I think also lends itself to being appropriated in some way in order to capture the "undocumented" experience. Or perhaps not capture but "document." Epigrams after all have always been brief and powerful like that and it also reminds me of some of the saying and everyday albures that I heard when I use to work in kitchens. 

As almost everybody that knows me, knows I grew up from age ten to eighteen as undocumented. That experience is something I don't write about in my poems. But lately the interior reality of my imagination feels the need to document some of that experience. I've decide to appropriate some of Ernesto's epigrams in order to do so.

Here are two I wrote today, these come from Cardenal and from my gut y no me imporat si son buenos o no.



Maybe next year
me vaya a Brasil

Y aun que México
no gane el mundial
y aunque ni lleguemos
al 5to partido

Y talvez me regrese a Mexico
(por que no tengo papeles)
ni un peso pa’ cruzar

y maybe by then ya haigan rechazado
allá la privatización de Pemex
y las reformas educativas

Y si no me vuelvo
de mojado aun que no

tenga ni un peso
ni Mexico su 5to partido

*

me contaron que en el norte 
te enamoraste

y que ahora duermes con otra
como antes lo hacías conmigo
y que de mi ya ni te acuerdas

entonces me fui a mi cuarto 
y escribí este poema
no para ti

si no para el mal gobierno
y esta pobreza

de la que huiste 

de la que huiste 

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