he is my father’s son —
my father, in the name of tall horses
my father, in the name of lavender doves
his son —
the young salmon
and my father, resourceful angler
yearning to fish him
from muddy waters
the only way he knows how
will angle his begging mouth
and eat him whole after fire
to keep him
LUZ JIMÉNEZ RUVALCABA
Luz Jiménez Ruvalcaba is a PhD candidate in the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of literary criticism, comparative ethnic studies, and critical feminisms. Prior to graduate school, she was a high school English and ESL teacher in deep south Texas. In her free time, she loves to read fiction and poetry written by authors of color. She is a proud immigrant and a first-generation student from Inglewood, CA.
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