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Judith Ortiz Cofer

What we want to know:in the unimaginable momentof the union of parental flesh,was there love, orare we the heirs of carelessness?This matters,That we were wanted; called forthto fulfill a wish.That we were meant to be. — Judith Ortiz Cofer, “Origen,” Terms of Survival. (Arte Publico Pr December 1987)


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Aracelis Girmay

& we cannot separate the roof from the heart from the trees that were there, standing. & so it is, when I say “night,” it is your name I am calling, when I say “field,” your thousand, thousand names, your million names. — Aracelis Girmay, from “Arroz Poetica,” Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007)

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