Biography of Deborah Paredez
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.
Deborah Paredez Poems
Wife's Disaster Manual
When the forsaken city starts to burn, after the men and children have fled, stand still, silent as prey, and slowly turn
The Gulf, 1987
The day upturned, flooded with sunlight, not a single cloud. I squint into the glare, cautious even then of bright emptiness.
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.
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
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
A Cartography of Passions
i. here: our forsaken home mesa breaks desert dialing curve of mountain
The Gulf, 1987
The day upturned, flooded with sunlight, not
a single cloud. I squint into the glare,
cautious even then of bright emptiness.
We sit under shade, Tía Lucia
showing me how white folks dine, the high life.
I am about to try my first oyster,
Tía spending her winnings from the slots
on a whole dozen, the glistening valves
wet and private as a cheek's other side,