Abren los pasos
my grandmother has buried a country in her left knee her capsule holds an atlas that will disintegrate at death
Wela, teach me how to pluck lavender root lily & purple hibiscus from the garden and lay them at the foot of the madonna the praise and besiege of pressing your lips against an elder’s foot and extract the wisdom of its crossroads teach me how to evade language /how to use my tongue as razor against the night sky and split enter the realms/ how to use an octave only the spirits can hear
abren los pasos
Joël Díaz is a writer and educator based in the Bronx. His work has been featured in The Feminist Wire, Interviewing the Caribbean, and Africana Heritage. He has been awarded fellowships from Callaloo (2017) and The Watering Hole (2016). He recently completed a curatorial residency with the Segue Foundation where he co-produced and co-hosted an 8-week reading series. He received his B.A. in American Studies and Juvenile Justice from Wheelock College, and his M.A. in Educational Leadership: Politics and Advocacy from New York University. You can follow him on Instagram @vividcaptions or www.joeldiaz.com.