Steven Alvarez | Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus

Alvarez_web coverSix Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus. Number One in the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series, selected by co-editors Ron Mohring and Eduardo Corral.

Publication date: January 31, 2014 [125 copies]
34 pages. Japanese stab binding.
$ 12.00

Steven Alvarez is an Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of The Pocho Codex (2011) and The Xicano Genome (2012), both published by the Latin American publisher Editorial Paroxismo. His poetry has appeared in Acentos ReviewBlue Mesa Review, The Drunken BoatEAOGHFence, Hinchas de Poesia, Kuikatl, MoriaThe Newer York, Otolithsphati’tude, and Shampoo. In 2008, the Poetry Society of America selected his poem “& So Tio & Chaley” as one of the best poems about Times Square.

an excerpt from & Now niños:

MS Codex Mojaodicus: legit copy / Paper ink draft /

that Great Amurkan Prophet / Patriot
w/ colors that ain’t ever gonna run
bleedin stripes & stars
barbacoa’d redmeat eatin
freedom starlovin
pickup truck drivin
prophecies transnationally:
O Sr Citizen Henry w/ Borders
—Operator Gatekeeper himself—
our gendered Amurkan Citizen
from güey on Right
not waiting one Minute(man)
for questions abt all them “beaners”
makin babies & fillin
classrooms w/ their primitive
slangwedge & spickin of that
bringing in lice & vermin / & venereal diseases
from that land o’ tortillas
& to grease OUR lovely Amurka
w/ fatty carnitas & slimey cornhusked meatcakes . . .
invading Our Amurka
them goddamned animals
livin in trailers / 65-70 aliens
in eversingle one . . .

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