A white woman easterner
savoring southern New
Mexico’s hospitable climate,
whispered to her, “We
don’t do that
where I’m from.”
Stepping around the lady
to the front of the line
my Grandma China
said in her best border English,
“You should go back there.”
Michelle Otero is the author of Malinche’s Daughter (Momotombo Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in Artful Dodge, Brevity, and Puerto del Sol, and her awards include an Associated Writing Programs Intro Journal Award and a Fulbright Fellowship. She is a member of Macondo a writers’ workshop, founded by Sandra Cisneros, and she performs with Las Meganenas, an Albuquerque-based troupe that uses theatre to raise awareness of issues facing Latinas.
Arts of Aztlán Spring Show, April 2009 here
Artist interview, Teatro Nuevo México production of “Yerma” by Federico García Lorca, October 2009 here
And be sure to catch Michelle’s blog at this link or find her on FB.
[photo by Henry Rael, Arts of Aztlan]