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By Lynden Harris
Published: 02 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021421-054
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
... by the time I turned fourteen years old, my life had been practi- cally an entire life of vio lence, abuse of all kinds, and also neglect. So I didn t see even making it to high school. But I sort of made it by mistake. Not being able to write. Not being able to read much. The be hav ior prob lems I had...
Published: 02 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021421-081
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
... 173 73 I Knew What Was Coming My nephew actually thought this here was my job. One day he asked his mother, How come Uncle El doesn t ever leave work? But my son grew up knowing I was incarcerated. He didn t really com- prehend what that meant, but really, how could he? All his friends had...
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By Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Published: 01 January 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478007081-026
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0708-1
... they did it didn t make them free. first they had to admit they were not god, how they had learned god. god how they had cursed god. god how they had shouted out in vain and no one came. god how they had welded metal into their own names and hit the ground with it. and it wasn t the ground that broke...
Published: 02 April 2021
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
... of change. How come someone didn t notice this? he asked. How come a guidance counselor didn t intervene and find out why a child in the top 1 percent of the nation drops to the bottom 67 percent in a single year I was dumbfounded. No one ever told me about my test scores. I was hearing all...
Published: 30 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478013082-040
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1308-2
... in Maharashtra, after his transistor radio broke. He loved singing to Bollywood music. He had been learning dancing moves and could easily mimic both male and female Bollywood dance stars. But when his radio broke, he real- ized he didn t have enough money to buy another one. He hung around tea shops listening...
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By Monica Huerta
Series: Writing Matters!
Published: 28 June 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021483-98
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2148-3
... thing we didn t agree about. First was the name for the margarita. It was so funny: they had done this focus group to see what name would sell the most margarita. I don t know who they had in the room, I don t know who they paid to ask questions, I don t know what kind of questions they asked...
Published: 02 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021421-106
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
... 231 97 Something Wasn t Right Something wasn t right about me and my brother being accused of that crime. It was night when they charged me. I was standing in the middle of this small room, surrounded by these men that kept shouting, Didn t you kill that girl? You better tell us the truth! I...
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By Lynden Harris
Published: 02 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021421-033
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
... 71 29 Trance No matter how hard I tried, I couldn t hold back the tears when my father beat me. I felt so weak. He said he d never let his own parents see him cry when they beat him. I didn t give the pricks the fucking plea sure. So stop being a little fucking bitch. Well, if that bastard could...
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By Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Published: 01 January 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478007081-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0708-1
...nunánuk 35 what i didn t do? disappear. float out. forget. prove them right. drop the purpose of my fighting stance. leave my skin and story for buz- zards. i did not. do you hear me? what i did was generations. was the nation. maiden to matron. what i did was keep my word to the shore. what i went...
Published: 02 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021421-032
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
... 69 28 Man of the House I was eleven when my stepfather sat me down and said he was leaving. Stunned and betrayed, I wondered how he could just leave when we were supposed to be a family. He explained that I was now the man of the house. It didn t seem fair. I wasn t a man. I couldn t do the things...
Published: 02 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021421-017
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
... 43 14 Ode to a Pretty Girl I didn t dare talk to her; I was much too shy for that. Besides, I was eight and Michelle was thir- teen. Had I told her I thought she was pretty, she prob ably would have laughed, or made fun of me. I didn t want to take that chance. I noticed her, though. She had...
Published: 02 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021421-046
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
...- caliber automatic. It fit inside the palm of my hand but had a weight like a thud, a dead weight. Inside our apartment that smelled of air freshener and hot dogs, the black and steel was cold to the touch. The gun was a gift, but it didn t feel like one. Ain t Got No Name 97 The first thing we did...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-016
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... talking about is the issue of ambiguity a question of What is it? I mentioned to you that in one of the images there is a large apartment building caught in the large frame on the float that didn t have any distinguishing aspects to it. People weren t sitting out on the steps of the building the way...
Published: 01 January 2019
DOI: 10.1215/9781478003410-012
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0341-0
... AND A BASEBALL GLOVE. OFFERED ENCOURAGEMENT AND BOUNDARIES, AND PROVIDED WITH A SAFE PLACE TO EAT CEREAL. WHILE MY PARENTS DID EVERYTHING GOOD PARENTS SHOULD DO, THERE WAS ONE THING THAT THEY DIDN T DO. THEY DIDN T TALK ABOUT SEX, EVER. THE PRIESTS AND NUNS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIDN T HELP PROVIDE MUCH INSIGHT...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-045
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... things. I didn t specifically answer your questions, I had to ground them in the overall picture. But somewhere in there, I m sure you ll find stuff you can use for your paper. Hope you get a good grade! Grama Rain monDay, sePtember 27, 2004, 8:12 Thank you soooooo much! Wow that s a lot of info. I...
Published: 08 November 2019
DOI: 10.1215/9781478007241-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0724-1
... some grand scheme. She begins to hum what sounds like the old Walter Hawkins song Be Grateful. Are you humming Be Grateful ? That s one of my favorite songs. Umm humm. It was my mother s favorite, too. She used to play it all the time. Even before she passed and didn t quite know who I was, she d...
Published: 02 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021421-020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
... there watching him after he was cut. Even with the streetlights on, I didn t go home. I stood there for so long my mom had to come get me, and she was like, What are you looking at? This lady walked up and said, He s hurt bad. He prob ably won t make it. What s that towel sticking out of him? I asked...
Published: 02 April 2021
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
.... Cars do it. Then four more blasts. Pop, pop, pop, pop! I took of running. All I could think about was my mother. We were almost to my aunt s trailer when my uncle s blue Chevy flew by, kicking up gravel and nearly smashing a parked car. Our eyes met. I raised my hand to wave, but he didn t even slow...
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By Lynden Harris
Published: 02 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021421-036
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
.... But go ahead and call. So even when my mom was mad, she still had enough love to where she was willing to keep us. She didn t have to. There was easy ways to get rid of us. Like, I was skipping a lot in middle school. And this police officer came by the house with a school official. I was shocked...
Series: The Latin America Readers
Published: 20 January 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478007609-067
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0760-9
... a hole in the ground and put around eight big pots in it . . . cassava plants and . . . ten big goats [etc You have to realize: we didn t know we were leaving forever. We thought we were leaving and then coming back, you see? . . . Then, my man, people started dying on Monday. . . . I went somewhere...