Stories of the Diaspora


The image is from the essay Mujerista written by Cuban theologian and writer Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz.

Written by: Silvia Angulo


Tomorrow, after yesterday I am Latin-

Dominican woman in America.

Singing a Reggaeton laden lullaby


And it sounds like:


-rent raised four hundred times the minimum wage

-seven hundred times my aunt’s wage.



-of Highland Park street vendors,

-and of Brooklyn bodegas.


Somewhere, on the corner of the world

ten-year-old women pose in bleach

white wigs and pumps. Peddling

chromosomes and inquiries of tongue.


And out there, the great trans-parent


holds to prayer beads blessing

their pride and burns.


Oh goddess of blow.


Oh spirit of mouth and trade.


Today, I am

mujer of hope.

Raging home, raging state.


I will demand financial aid,

and food stamps with

the cheek I hold my poems in.


Next week, I am bitch woman body

of coal. Burning, even if

they object my name, and call me sweet-



I am nothing,

and profound fury. I am island scratched

from blues to throat.

Sometimes, I think a father is right.

Most times, I think a lack of presence,

does not entitle an opinion.


I am brown country thunder

brewing, heat wave of mi madre

prim and plotting for expired



Silvia Angulo is a Dominican feminist writer currently residing in Los Angeles, CA.  Her work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, Bitch Magazine, Wolf Willow Literary Journal, Brasilia Review, Haggard & Halloo, among others.  Silvia received her BFA in Fine Arts and Filmmaking at the art and film program at The City College of New York.  She is also a part of the Revolutionary Artists coalition for Affirm National.  



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