Deborah Paredez Poems
- Wife's Disaster Manual When the forsaken city starts to ...
- The Gulf, 1987 The day upturned, flooded with sunlight, ...
- Tía Lucia Enters the Nursing H... All morning my daughter ...
- Saint's Day Triolet: Saint Val... You're flush with hearts...
- Saint's Day Triolet: Saint Ant... When no one else would ...
- A Cartography of Passions i. here: our forsaken home mesa...
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 residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook. Paredez is the co-founder of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latina/o poets, and she is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin where she teaches in the New Writers School MFA program. more »
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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
to the one who will listen: Saint Anthony,
please return Tía's teeth or the misplaced key
to our bolted hopes. Patron retriever of all we've tossed
when no one else would. Listen, Saint Anthony,
teach us to steward this world, all our netted loss.