The following found poems, translated from Spanish by the author, are based on her time spent working with Central American migrants and asylum seekers in Mexico in 2017.
The No-Place: Notes on OXXO from Juan Villoro y Gabriel Orozco: Mexico City, 2017 (while Central Americans seek work outside)
a special reference point
for contextualizing Mexican
reality. It is an enclave
for coming together to do
whatever at any hour,
including illegal acts
because there are better
possibilities for anonymous
encounters. I was taken
to an OXXO where future
assassins were recruited
from a white van.
Some people call it
The No-Place. A place
without identity because it is
the same as all the others.
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“I always could alone. I can alone and I always will alone.”
“You’ve been poor if you’ve ever done this.”
“Start saving, it’s almost my Birthdayyyyyyyyyyy!”
“I want to live in this moment with all my friends, but without a single one missing.”
“If after this life I was born again, the only thing I would ask God is that my mother would be my mother again.”
“All my tears have a why and all of these tears come at a great price. I know I will rise up from this take note.”
“I wish that I had an eraser to erase all of my past and erase all of my pain.”
“It’s the law, sexy people have an “R” in their last name.”
“Lord protect me from my friends, leave me in charge of my enemies.”
“Greatness is not for the one who never fails, but the one who never gives up.”
“We walk in Victory!”
“Today is Friday. I’m gonna get trashed!”
“The Famous Beast”
“It is easier to smile than to explain why you are sad.”
“Today I arose with God and he told me: smile the best is yet to come.”
Desaparecidos en La Frontera (Disappeared on the Border): Facebook, August 13-17, 2017
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– Guatemalan missing in Falfurrias, Texas
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