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Orlando Ricardo Menes

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Orlando Ricardo Menes is the author of Heresies (University of New Mexico Press, 2015); Fetish (University of Nebraska, 2013), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; and Furia (Milkweed Editions, 2005). He teaches at the University of Notre Dame.

by this poet

Hair tells family secrets, like lips and skin:
my chestnut curls and waves that intractable
thicket—one month’s tropical growth—
Mamá called maleza de manigua,
jungle scrub.  What will the neighbors think?

Locked in the bathroom, I brushed hard
against the grain—pig bristles, nylon quills