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
Orlando Ricardo Menes
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.