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Agua Santa: Holy Water by Pat Mora

By Pat Mora

Like Sonia Sanchez and Sandra Cisneros, Pat Mora attracts on oral and lyrical traditions; she reclaims the historical past and tradition of her Mexican roots, in particular genuine and imagined Mexican ladies of the previous, from a tribute to Frida Kahlo to an interview with an Aztec goddess.

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Its breath is warm, and I want to stroke the long muzzle of this moose, perhaps. I am the middle woman, not my mother, not my daughter.  I am the middle woman, not my mother, not my daughter.  There is no sound. Page 37 Sly Woman The woman who hides from me is sly, but careless in her invisibility. She moves through my rooms at ease, rubbing lemon oil into wood tables, cleaning kitchen counters with a damp cloth; but I see her signs: half cup of tea, open book, cluster of pods and rocks, pitcher of wildflowers.

Page 85 The Official Line Bienvenidos, welcome, welcome, my honored guests, to Honduras, a lush haven for you clever investors.  Like your money can.  Clever, no? The spaces between the twigs allow air to circulate. Our air is abundant, and we do not discriminate.  Pastoral, no?  Perhaps, but note the beauty of their silhouettes against our sky. Ah, observe the ingenuity of the Honduran peasant.

Altared women. Tip 4: Alter the altared women. I became bilingual, learned to roll palabras in my mouth just to taste them, Page 67 chew, swallow, fruta dulce.  We tasted their power and red sting, long before "English Only," fearssss of contagion from tangled lenguas, of verbal intertwinings, like the uncontrollable breedings of snakes. Tip 5: Remember: monolinguals know about linguistics like atheists know about theology. I was given to Cortés, flesh gift, ripe-red gift, shared uterus, my hair flowing, flowing like snakes sizzling, like blood rivers, my tongue carrying him and his men into a world smeared scarlet, raping and flaming tongues devouring pages Page 68 and children's bones, fire higher than pyramids fueled by my historic lengua, rat-rattle of my evil.

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