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All You Need Is Love

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Luis Lopez-Maldonado

I   am   made   of   water   Soy agua   fresca agua   caliente ardiente   agua  that  feeds  the  dry
dry  deserts,  floods   the   pebbled  roads  in  Michoacán  Mejico,  I  am  the  tamarindo              and  tequila   too,  the  dangerous    homosexual-illegal   the  news  warned   you   about:   I   am feminist  approved  ✔  though  I  don’t  need  nobody’s  approval  because  this xicanx boi  spreads  gender  like  teeth  like  pomegranates  like  ocean  like  glitter,  like  curving  into the  morning  como una almendra,  spreads  love  as  if  45  isn’t  deporting  his people  as  if  cops  aren’t  killing  our  people as if history books  aren’t erasing  our  people,  as  if  Frida  was still alive.

LUIS LOPEZ-MALDONADO is a Xicanx poeta, playwright, dancer, choreographer, and educator. He/Him/They/Them have two forthcoming books titled, Gay Poetics of the Passion, from FlowerSong Press (2024), and Mexican Bird, from Querencia Press (2024). His/Their work has been seen in The American Poetry Review, Foglifter, Public Pool, and Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity, among many others. They earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from Florida State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame. He/They are currently adding glitter to the Land of Enchantment, working for the public education system as a high school Bilingual Educator and Special Education Teacher.

Art: “Vocal” by Michael Moreth

Gouache on paper

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