The Poetry of Mario Ponce Pagan: Receta

Multi-generational Hispanic female family members preparing food

Receta   I want to die en Borinken! With abuela’s pasteles Receta tattooed under my tongue.   For the Angels to understand why I call upon papa dios every time I had them.   That her pasteles where a reminder of a place I barely knew   Historias Abuela would weave in the kitchen majando guineo, batata, yucca y yautia with her hands More...

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can I please cover you keep you warm at night with salacious idolatry constant innuendo veiled acts of indecency can I pretend I am who you want me to be can I writhe around your soliloquy languidly be your Salome act More...