Alma Luz Villanueva

Rookie - 10 Points (California)

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Grew up in the Mission, San Francisco, and raised by my Yaqui Indian grandmother, Jesus Villanueva, a curandera/healer/dreamer. Mother of four grown children...I woke at 4am to write when they were home. Coffee, candles, small lamp, flute music...the only human being awake in the universe writing/alive, that silence. I've lived in many beautiful places- on a farm where my first real poetry was ... more »

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Best Poem of Alma Luz Villanueva

Crazy Courage

Why do I think of Michael....
He came to my fiction class
as a man (dressed in men's
clothes) : then he came

to my poetry class
as a woman (dressed in women's
clothes, but he was still
a man under the clothes) .

Was I moved in the face of
such courage (man/woman
woman/man) ....
Was I moved by the gentleness

of his masculinity; the strength
of his femininity....
His presence at the class poetry
reading, dressed in a miniskirt,

high boots, bright purple tights,
a scooped-neck blouse, carrying
a single, ...

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