Deborah Paredez

Deborah Paredez

San Antonio, Texas
Deborah Paredez
San Antonio, Texas
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Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (2002) and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (2009). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Mandorla, Palabra, Poet Lore and elsewhere. Her honors include an Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award and ...
Popular Poems
1.
A Cartography of Passions
i.
here: our forsaken home

mesa breaks desert
dialing curve of mountain
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2.
Saint's Day Triolet: Saint Anthony
When no one else would listen, Saint Anthony
preached seaward, his words fishnet for the lost
souls of the heretics. Caught up in despair, we plea
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3.
Saint's Day Triolet: Saint Valentine
You're flush with hearts and I'm forced to fold
this hand and swear off another luckless match.
How we've found ways to love each other, cajoled
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4.
Tía Lucia Enters the Nursing Home
All morning my daughter pleading, outside
outside. By noon I kneel to button her
coat, tie the scarf to keep her hood in place.
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5.
The Gulf, 1987
The day upturned, flooded with sunlight, not
a single cloud. I squint into the glare,
cautious even then of bright emptiness.
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