Selected Poems by Luis Lopez-Maldonado

On Racism & Sex & Winter

I pray the moon
cums down down
as I sing silently
in the city of broken
city of trumpers
city of you & I

I carve ur name
into w/ dirty dirty
fingernails because
it matters, you matter,
they matter, love matters
#noban #nowall matters

let start from the beginning:
my heat rises like dough
& your lips burn through
brown flesh, tingle smooth ass & legs
& my manhole blooms like spring
in winter in Trump’s America
in the city of broken
city of
city of you & I.


Virgencita de Guadalupe
Reina de las Americas
Mother Mary:
Considered powerful
And dangerous


For terrorism
For illegal immigration
For human trafficking
For cult leading
For protection
For miracles
For love
For faith


Date of Birth, 12/12/1531
Place of Birth, Tepeyac, Tenochtitlan/Mexico
Height, 5’
Weight, 100 lbs.
Build, Medium
Hair, Black
Eyes, Dark Brown
Complexion, Dark Brown
Scars/Marks, Unknown
Language, Nahuatl, Zapotec, Yaqui, Maya, and Spanish
Race, Unknown
Nationality, American


Unexplainable light
Crown of stars
Cape of stars
Heart of gold
Possibly pregnant
And known to have
Millions of loyal followers,


The American forces
Are offering $500,000
For any information leading
To the capture of La Virgen De Guadalupe.
If you have any information,
Please contact your local police station.

LUIS LOPEZ-MALDONADO is a Xican@ poeta, choreographer and educator, born and raised in Southern California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Riverside, majoring in Creative Writing and Dance. His poetry has been seen in The American Poetry Review, Cloudbank, The Packinghouse Review, Public Pool, and Spillway, among many others. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from Florida State University. He is currently a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame, where he is a poetry editorial assistant for the Notre Dame Review, and founder of the men’s writing workshop in the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center; He is co-founder and editor at The Brillantina Project.

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