pareces blanca he tells me
bachata filling every corner
of his cab I sing along
remember the first time I heard
those words in my father’s car
ay, cuando te miro y no me miras
he insists pareces blanca
my mother’s güera I say rubia
her parents named her
Barbie como la muñeca
I give him names of towns I visit
every summer and Christmas
but he’s hesitant turns up the music
Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona native. Her poetry and translations are published or forthcoming from Poetry Magazine, TYPO, Cherry Tree, and others. She is the author of the chapbooks On Not Screaming (Horse Less Press) and Symptoms of Teething, winner of the 2016 Vella Chapbook Prize from Paper Nautilus Press. Eloisa is the founder/editor of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. You can find her at www.eloisaamezcua.com.
Chris Wright received his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and his MFA from Pratt Institute. He has taught painting at Pratt since 1999. Wright has taught with the Pratt in Venice Summer Program, Montserrat College of Art, the New York Academy of Art, among others. He is a 2015 fellow in painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Affordable Art Fair, New York; Cal State Fullerton; and UMass Amherst. His work has appeared in New York Spaces Magazine, New American Paintings, and American Art Collector.