Bo Suerte

Portrait: Mother as a Boy, 2001 Digital collage with found and original photographs, 24 x 16 in.

This portrait of my mother's family captures the cultural erasure of women as the story of my mother's secret unfolds in Bo Suerte:

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I easily identify all four of your sisters in their von Trapp dresses, and both brothers, sporting crisp white linens. In your absence stands a son, slightly leaning, toes ablister from your brother’s too big shoes.

You tell me Grandfather was ashamed. He didn’t want people shaking their heads, their tongues clicking: Bo suerte.


Published in Tidal Basin Review, Summer 2012 Issue; Nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Poetry Prize.