Workshopping a Poem
You need to use italics,
so the reader knows it’s a different language.
Do you think the readers will
understand a “speed bag”
is what a boxer trains with
because that image made me think of drugs.
What’s menudo? Do they really eat that?
Do you have to use so much Spanish?
A pachuco wears nice clothes?
Cholas have big hair.
What is a Sancho?
I love the Day of The Dead costumes.
But the drug cartels
cut off heads and leave them in the
would rise early in Douglas Arizona
and make the tortillas de arina.
My grandfather walked with them
in his lunch pale, con frijoles,
and a thermos of cold milk.
A small jar contained
The poem reads like
A counter narrative.
You should write a poem
About the Chupacabra.