loud and clear

I hit refresh refresh refresh
on a list called Victims

Emergency webpage
Anywhere, USA

every new name every
face resembles mine

brown and queer
the day can’t breathe

I know la Pelona
is waiting somewhere

but today Anywhere
is everywhere flooding

with fear and blood
sometimes I pray




when I grow old
I will have a thick

bushy beard, a white silky
forest floating around me

to keep out the wind
dew and cold gazes

I will never be this naked again


María José Giménez is a poet, translator, and editor whose work has received support from the NEA, the Studios at MASS MoCA, the Breadloaf Translators’ Conference, Canada Council for the Arts, and Banff International Literary Translators’ Centre. Among other awards, María José has been named 2019–2021 Poet Laureate of Easthampton, Massachusetts. Learn more at

Photo credit Julian Parker-Burns.