El patio estaba lleno de lilas, lilas por todos lados, lilas
en los ojos, en las manos, en los pies, lilas pisadas, lilas en
el cabello, en el aire, en el olor, lilas verdes, cafés, azules.
La voz era lila, el timbre de la voz, el recorrido, el tiempo
Nostalgia lila nostalgia lila nostalgia lila nostalgia.
La última ida: caminar, caminar, caminar hasta las lilas,
pisar las lilas, charcos lilas, mojar los pies en los charcos
lilas, otra vez, otra vez.
La última vez lila.
Caen las lilas siempre caen las lilas.
Las lilas se van.
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, this selection comes from the book, Rojo
si pudiera ser rojo, available from Anomalous Press. Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Krista Cox.
Ana Belén López, 1961, Culiacán, Sinaloa. López studied at the Ibero-american University in Mexico City (la Universidad Ibero americana de la Ciudad de México) where she received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Literature and a master’s degree in Modern Literature. As a professor of literature, she has taught 20th century Latin American Narrative and Poetry for more than 20 years. She is the author of four books of poetry-Alejándose avanza (Drifting off Drives on), Del barandal (From the railing), Silencios (Silences), and Retrato hablado (Spoken portrait). Her poetry has been translated into several languages and has been published in a wide array of national media including the journals Pauta, Letras Libres, and Revista de la Universidad, among others. Since 2001 she has published the column “Imágenes sueltas (Loose images)” in the Mazatlán-based paper Noroeste (Northwest).
Krista Cox’s an intersectional feminist and anti-racist activist, and acts as chair of the Leadership Council of the Feminist Humanist Alliance, a social justice adjunct organization of the American Humanist Association.
Krista’s poetry appears in many fine journals, and she’s presently seeking a publisher for her chapbook How to Kiss a Monster. She’s the Managing Editor of Doubleback Review, a fledgling online journal that features work previously published at now-defunct journals, and an Associate Poetry Editor at Stirring: A Literary Collection, the longest continuously-publishing online journal on the web. In 2016, Krista founded Lit Literary Collective, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that hosts affordable, accessible writing retreats and otherwise serves her local writing community. Krista received an honors BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Sometimes she draws fat unicorns and paints cute animals.
For the last 17 years, Krista has been a paralegal and legal assistant at a law firm specializing in environmental and insurance coverage law. She claims a 18 year-old bass player and 12 year-old anime cosplay aficionado as her kin and an [age redacted] Excel wizard as her partner. Their home is run by a mini schnauzer and three personality-diverse cats.sta-cox-86a11213’s profile on LinkedIn