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Emmy Pérez
Emmy Pérez, originally from Santa Ana, California, is the author of Solstice (Swan Scythe Press, 2003) and her work appears in The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press 2007). She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Texas-Pan American. A graduate of Columbia University's M.F.A. program and the University of Southern California, she also teaches poetry and writing in detention centers. She has received poetry fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. A member of the Women Writers' Collective in Texas, she also helps raise awareness, through literary events, about issues that affect women in the border region and beyond.

Solstice



Emmy Pérez
Solstice
the americas

War in sun country
Lights water with orphans.

Braids sawed off. As if arms.

Pray for snow, and thistle
Blooms purple along

Roads. Amaranth grows
Beyond the harvest.

*

Morning sky: more meadow
Than metal. A clear-eyed orphan

With stars on her tongue,

Hiding her siblings
In the sun glow.

A soldier knows a kiss
Won't open that mouth.




"Solstice" published in Solstice (Swan Scythe Press 2003) and The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press 2007)


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