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Yesenia Montilla

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Yesenia Montilla

Yesenia Montilla was born and raised in New York City. She received a BA from Hunter College and an MFA from Drew University. She is the author of The Pink Box (Aquarius Press, 2015). A 2014 Cantomundo Fellow, Montilla lives in New York City.

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For Marcelo

Some maps have blue borders
like the blue of your name
or the tributary lacing of
veins running through your
father’s hands. & how the last
time I saw you, you held
me for so long I saw whole
lifetimes flooding by me
small tentacles reaching

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To this day I still remember sitting
on my abuelo’s lap watching                 the Yankees hit,
                 then run, a soft wind rounding the bases
every foot tap to the white pad gentle as a       kiss.

How I loved those afternoons languidly
                 eating jamón