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Poetry of Issue #8
            Spanish Featured: Page 1

The Trio: Billie Holiday, Harriet Tubman
and Nina Simone

This scaffolding of bones never forgets
to quiet down the ant's nest
on my forehead

it thunders among the deceitful tongues
and fixes broken crowns

my root comes from afar
and is in good company

to my right
walks a voice
that smells like gardenias

to my left
a maroon
from the underground railroad
is leading
quivering voices

behind me
a pianist
in exile masters
the art of improvisation

facing forward
among dead women
I become a woman
rowing on wavering feet

I color shadows
I sing
and I spy
on the light

  Yarisa Colón Torres: