The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Naty and My Chaotic Stench by Shey Rivera Rios


Darkness. A purple haze. The oracle speaks….

Once was red and twice was crimson blood. Tonight prophetic visions
echo from my pillows. In exchange for a bag of sleep-leaves, I shall
reveal the movement of the planets by reading the way blood rushes
through my veins. From underneath a blindfold, I will share with you
a kaleidoscopic vision of reality.

Let’s begin…

A huge cigar hangs from her mouth. The room is thick with the
scent of paprika, cilantro, and tomato sauce. Big buttocks sway
under a large purple skirt that sweeps the floor. She’s singing one
of those cantinero songs, from old jukeboxes in Mexican bars. The
hexes that rough-looking men sang to their lovers with drunken
passion and despair. I sat at the table, planted my black sneakers
firmly on the ground, and picked at the chipped black nail polish
on my nails.

Fire the casserole con to y la madre, como dicen por ahí… Pa los gustos, los colores.

This selection comes from the book, Naty and My Chaotic Stench, available from Anomalous Press.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Ada Rivera.

Shey Rivera Ríos (pronouns: they/them) is a multi- genre artist and arts manager. They are active in the mediums of performance, installation, digital media, and poetry/narrative. The creations span several genres and a myriad of topics, from home to capitalism to queerness to magic. Rivera is also a performance curator and producer of interventions that activate people creatively. Participation in national organizations include: member and alumni of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Artist Communities, fellow of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) 2017-2018, and Brown University Public Humanities Community Fellow 2017-2019. Rivera has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, and graduate studies in Contemporary Media and Culture from the University of the Sacred Heart, San Juan, Puerto Rico.




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